With energy prices rising while temperatures are falling, it’s safe to say that winter is well and truly on its way. Staying warm during the winter can be a costly business and it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of supplier price increases, but it’s important to remember: you are not powerless. There are steps you can take to reduce your energy consumption.
1. Lock your heating controls.
Staying in control of the thermostat is vital if you want to keep your energy expenditure to a minimum through the winter. Office workers are notorious for fiddling with the thermostat, but you can prevent this behaviour by installing a tamper-proof thermostat and controls. This will allow you to keep temperatures fixed at anywhere between 19-21 degrees and eliminate spikes in energy consumption.
2. Make sure thermostats are in the right place.
Thermostats should always be located away from draughts and direct sunlight. Thermostats in direct sunlight will not raise the temperature when necessary, while thermostats in draughts will raise it too much. This will result in an uncomfortable working environment, which then results in staff members altering the temperature.
3. Make sure radiators are uncovered.
Blocking the flow of hot air around the room with filing cabinets or desks will prevent your heating system from working efficiently. Your thermostat will read a lower atmospheric temperature, so it will switch on the boiler, and your staff will sit in lower temperatures – and they will once again turn up that thermostat.
4. Fit draught excluders.
If thermostats can’t be relocated, draught excluders will prevent your thermostat from reacting to changes in the external temperature. This will go some way to eliminating spikes in your energy consumption, helping you to cut costs.
5. Don’t heat empty rooms.
Many businesses waste energy heating rooms that are empty, or used only occasionally. Corridors, restrooms, and even meeting rooms do not need to be heated in the same way as the rest of the building. Whether you decide to simply turn the heating down in these rooms or not heat them at all, they do not need to be kept at a constant 19-21 degrees.
Following these simple tips can have a significant impact on business energy consumption, but it can be hard to accurately measure their impact without an energy monitoring system installed. Utilitywise’s own Utility Insight, a sophisticated energy and water monitoring system that can interpret data from AMR and smart meters, can help businesses make up to the minute decisions on their energy use.