Whether you own a business or you’re a manager, it’s important now more than ever to think about the environment and the impact our actions have on it. There are both individual and collective efforts that everyone can engage in to decrease the negative impact that we all have on the planet. But you may be wondering what more you can do, especially as a business owner with influence over many people. Here are some energy-efficient tips that you can implement into your business.
Pay Attention to Lighting
One of the most highly-used energies at businesses is the lights. We may not even think about it, but lighting takes up a lot of energy, especially in businesses where the lights are usually on 24/7. But there are still some ways you can reduce the negative impact of all the lighting you use. For one, you can watch the types of light bulbs you use. LED bulbs use less energy and they emit more light.
Furthermore, you can watch the light levels at your business as well. Make sure that the bulbs are always shining at an adequate level so you don’t use too much energy. And think about when you actually need the lights or not. For instance, if your business is an office where everyone has a desk, consider turning off the main lights to the room during the day when the sun is shining and instead let everyone use their desk lamp for light when they work with more detailed matters.
Maintain Heating and Cooling Units
Many businesses complain of having to replace their heating and cooling units frequently, leading to a lot of waste. Because of that, make sure that you maintain your heating and cooling units to both prevent you from having to replace them as well as keep them using the lowest amount of energy possible.
You can maintain your heating and cooling units by ensuring that the air filters are cleaned on a timely schedule and changed when they need it. Make sure that the units are cleaned on the exterior and that all of the coils and condensers are always clean. Keep an eye out for leaks or other damages that may create problems in the future. And if you’re not familiar with the functioning of heating and cooling units, then you can schedule a maintenance check in a timely manner every month.
Implement Energy-efficient Software
When you are in a big business building, it is imperative that you take the steps to make sure your business is being as energy-efficient as possible. There are options for you to install energy management software on the main device that you control. Through these softwares, you can more closely assess the amount of energy your business is using, which can help you to more specifically target areas that are using more than others.
Only Use Heating/Cooling Units When Needed
Another great way to decrease the amount of energy your business uses is by limiting the overall amount of time that you use the heating and cooling units. You can do this by trying to maintain the temperature of your business naturally, like by opening windows. On days where it’s a little more uncomfortable inside, consider installing fans that use limited energy, as fans don’t require as much energy as huge heating and cooling units do to operate.
Turn Off Devices When You Can
A large part of working at an office is the office equipment. You have printers, computers and desktops that can use up a lot of energy if they’re on all the time. During work hours, you can keep these devices plugged in and operational. But consider turning all of them off or unplugging the larger ones to try and save more energy. You can alter the settings in your computers to automatically turn off after a certain amount of time in order to ensure that your company is saving the most amount of energy that it can.
Overall, decreasing the negative impact we have on the environment is vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of our future friends. Many of us may be changing our ways as individuals to fight back the climate’s change, but there’s still lots more we can be doing. If you own a business, consider implementing some or all of these tips into your business to do your part in ensuring the health and safety of our planet.