Just when you thought your biggest expense was your team, the electricity bill comes in the mail. You wince when you see that dollar figure. I didn’t think we used that much energy, you gasp. But it quickly adds up.

No matter how big or small your business, you can benefit from these energy-saving tips. Small, incremental changes go a long way. Often, it’s simply breaking the habit of leaving the computer on, or making a habit of only turning on lights in rooms you’re using.

Let’s go through five simple things you can do to save energy in your office.

  1. Upgrade your lights
    Offices need lights, especially if you have a few night owls in your team. You can’t change the number of lights you use, but you can switch bulbs to an energy efficient version. LED lights can last anywhere from 20,000 – 50,000 hours, or up to five times longer than traditional, incandescent bulbs. When looking for your perfect globe, check the lumens, not watts. Lumens measure how much light the bulb produces. Find energy efficient bulbs delivering the lumens you need.
  2. Move to the cloud 
    Do you currently have power-sucking servers onsite? Why not switch to cloud-based systems? There are two main benefits of this: reducing your power bill by getting rid of that hot data centre, and giving employees the flexibility to work remotely. By moving to the cloud, you can save hundreds per year by reducing your energy usage.
  3. Adopt good power management habits
    When your team goes out for lunch, are the laptops or computers left open? What about the weekend? Teach your employees to put all devices that aren’t being used in sleep mode. This goes for laptops, printers and other pieces of office equipment. There’s no reason for these items to be on. Learn to love hibernate mode.
  4. Control sun and temperature
    Office buildings typically have many windows. Consider where your desks are positioned. Are they close to a window that gets drenched in sunlight at 3.00PM, making you reach for the air conditioner remote? The opposite happens in winter. Think about the placement of your furniture and how you can optimise it to reduce reliance on heating and cooling.
  5. Check your appliances, including air conditioner
    Old appliances like computers and printers can chew up more power. They need extra energy to operate efficiently, which, of course, leads to higher consumption. Big ticket items like fridges and air conditioners are the main culprits. It’s important to get them checked every six to 12 months to make sure there are no operational issues that you’re unaware of.

With these simple energy-saving tips, your business doesn’t have to cost the earth.