When thinking about energy efficiency, for most, it means a lengthy audit. From site visits to sub-metering to 32-page reports, you have to have a degree to understand. Luckily, reducing your energy spend is quite simple and won’t ‘break the bank’ to do.
Like the old saying goes, let’s walk before we can run. In other words, it’s better to take a small step than no step at all. So first step towards increasing your energy efficiency is team engagement. As the name suggests, this is getting all the team members to be actively aware of the energy and how not to waste it.
It can be a challenge to get people engaged with saving energy – especially when it’s not been made a top priority for them. But I believe in you! By just being more aware of the energy you use, you’ll be amazed the difference on your monthly bill.
So, here’s my top 5 tips for energy efficiency in the workplace. Use these jewels to show your employees or colleagues how they can make a big difference to your business energy bill and your bottom line.
1.) Energy Champion
Ever thought of an energy warden? it would be weird if you did, but it’s a good idea worth considering. One person who does an end-of-day check on energy waste is a simple way to ensure you’re not leaving machines on etc… Usually, it’s the person to leave the workplace last and it won’t take long at all. You can even create a checklist to ensure you know what to look for!
2.) Make it Official
If you’re proactively wanting to reduce your energy usage, that’s fantastic and definitely worth shouting about. You’re not only concerned about reducing your overheads but you’re doing your bit for the planet. When a new employee joins the business, make sure they are aware of their energy saving responsibilities and make it clear how important it is. It’s also a great insight for the employee about the type of business you are and your values.
3.) Tea/Coffee Rota
Everyone knows that us humans cannot work to our full potential without a proper brew by our side. Instead of boiling the kettle ten separate times, take it in turns to go and make a big round. It sounds daft but it’s the little things which are going to make the difference. And while I’m on kettles, make sure if someone is going to make 1-2 cups of tea, that they don’t fill the kettle to the top. The more water, the more electricity it uses and the longer it takes! (Rant over)
The more you can bring energy saving into the culture of your business, the more you’ll save. And when you do start reducing your energy bills, let the employees know and even reward them. A great way to do this is to say “thank you, everyone, for your commitment and hard work, the money we’ve saved will go towards the staff Christmas party.” I guarantee you’ll start noticing everyone being wearier now the word Christmas party is involved! A word of warning – if you are using this technique, you will actually have to deliver a good Christmas party or you’ll have a riot on your hands!
5.) Energy Wastage Jar
Similar to the ‘swear jar’ this can work really well and adds a bit of humour to the process. Give each department or team a jar and a set of energy saving goals to follow, such as turning off computers overnight. If anyone forgets, ask them to cough up and contribute some money to the energy wastage jar. The money collected can go towards the Christmas party or a charity of choice.
These are some really simple but effective ways to engage your employees to be more conscious of the energy they use. Follow these 5 tips you’ll no doubt benefit from cheaper energy bills, not to mention one heck of a Christmas party! 🙂
If you want further ways to improve your energy efficiency, download our Essential Guide to Making the Workplace More Energy Efficient. Alternatively, give us a call to discuss how else we can help to reduce your energy overheads.