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With the current focus now on saving energy and reducing the overall carbon footprint, today’s offices need not drain energy unnecessarily despite their numerous electrical gadgets, lighting and wiring systems. In fact, using the right energy-saving products can actually save a business money while driving down energy consumption considerably.
Switching from traditional halogen or incandescent lights to fluorescent lights or LED bulbs results in an energy reduction of up to 75 per cent. Lighting often takes up at least 40 per cent of the energy bill, and making the decision to switch is extremely cost-effective. In a 40-hour week, traditional light bulbs generally last for around 1,000 hours while LED lights last up to 50,000 hours and fluorescent lights up to 24,000 hours.
It is advisable to install occupancy sensors in meeting rooms, bathrooms and other parts of the office that are not often used so that lights can automatically turn on in the presence of people and off when these are not occupied.
Another step to saving energy in the office is to replace old appliances with more energy-efficient models. Common examples include computers with sleep mode or power-down mode, copiers with sleep mode and double-sided copying, and printers with sleep mode and double-sided printing.
Businesses can also avail themselves of renewal energy such as solar power. They may employ experts to evaluate their budget, and business needs and requirements, and have solar panels installed in their business premises to cut down on energy costs.
Office fixtures aside, they can also conduct an energy audit of their offices’ existing leaks and cracks and have these sealed professionally. This process can actually save up to 20 per cent in the electricity bill.
• Install occupancy sensors in conference rooms and bathrooms
• Switch to fluorescent, LED lights to reduce energy consumption
• Replace old appliances with more energy-efficient counterparts
Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer