It’s a proven fact that you can’t make money without spending money. Still, it does in no way mean that you should be aimlessly throwing money in all directions; that’s just wasting money, not an investment. The end-goal is profit, not just income.
So how do you increase your profits without sabotaging your investments? You cut down on expense.
A simple way to reduce the costs of your company is putting your energy bill on a diet. Energy saving presents more advantages than just being environmentally friendly. Being mindful of your power consumption levels is also a very wise financial position and is one of the easiest ways to reduce expenses.
First, we are going to take a look at the changes that are more effective when reported over a longer period of time, which is exactly why it’s important to implement them early on and should have priority.
Rethink the infrastructure – Make sure that your entire building is designed for an energy saving environment
Communicate your intentions to your employees and explain to them why it’s important to commit to the new regulations. This is an important step to be made early on because humans are very different from machines. If you set a machine to turn off your light at 10 P.M. it will always do so, where a man could, and will, often forget.
It will take a while for the new energy saving policy to become part of an employee’s discipline and routine, so the results will be returned over a longer period of time and not right away.
Getting all your staff on board the energy saving train can also improve the progression rate of the change. 200 minds work a lot better than one and the situational awareness for their particular working environment could generate focused ideas that would be far more efficient for their individual circumstances.
A building’s heating system is usually the number one power consumer. Ensuring that the building is well insulated will guarantee that no energy is wasted on heating or cooling the building. With proper insulation, during the winter, the building will be able to sustain a comfortable working environment by utilizing less energy. In turn, during the summer, insulation will ensure that the AC unit is only fighting the heat inside each room and is not also trying to chill the entire air that surrounds the building.
Make the best use of the sun – it will help you cut back on the energy used for artificial lighting.
If you can, try to place your large work offices on the west side of the building and leave the smaller, individual offices for the east side. Even if sunlight dims towards the evening and is less efficient at providing light for the rooms inside the building, it can still give enough light if it hits the windows directly. Placing the smaller offices on the east side will reduce the number of artificial lights used at the end of the work day cycle.
If your building has a skylight, make sure that you use it to house your most populated department. This could shave a few dozen light bulbs from the electric bill.
Optimize the work cycle of your electronics
Even if your electric system (like the lighting or heating) isn’t centralized and thus can’t be easily automated, one system that is linked together by default is your IT Asset network. Installing a power management software that optimizes energy use (like setting sleep mode times and enforcing hibernate cycles after work hours) can cut the power consumption of your PCs by more than 60%.