Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Switch it off for energy savings

Shropshire companies could cut their energy costs by up to 90 per cent if they simply switch off their office equipment.

Our Senior Partner Graham Davies said companies must consider their energy policies if they were to make a real difference to their energy bills. "Office equipment accounts for around 20% of a company’s total energy consumption, but in today’s challenging economy, there are ways to cut costs."

Like most companies, we are committed to reducing the impact our business has on the environment, and to making sure we are not incurring unnecessary costs.

"Our research has shown that the most basic way to save money is to turn off our office equipment, because in commercial offices like ours, this makes up nearly a quarter of the total energy bill. The energy consumed by computers and laser printers can be reduced by 75% per year if they are switched off at night, at weekends and during holidays."

Graham said if computer monitors were also switched off when they were not in use, and utilised the standby mode, a company could even cut its energy consumption by 90% each year.

"The guidelines also show that the costs increase by about eight per cent for every degree the temperature of your workplace rises, so it’s important to try to keep the office thermostat at a constant level. We try to keep doors and windows closed and free from draughts, and suggest our staff turn the heating down rather than opening windows if it gets too hot. And if our workplace is empty at weekends or over the holidays, we reduce the heating to a minimum or even turn it off altogether.

"We encourage employees to think about the energy that is being used in all areas of our business, and we closely monitor our fuel bills so that we can share with our staff the difference their efforts are making."