Are you looking for ways to reduce energy consumption at your office?
It’s no secret that office buildings consume a significant amount of energy. 13 million employees working in 208 million square meters of office space consume an average of 263 kWh per square meter per year. This means that office activity alone accounts for 25% of the overall energy consumption in the tertiary sector, with heating being the biggest culprit, followed by specific electricity usage such as lighting, computers, and air conditioning.
Electricity accounts for almost half of the total energy consumption of services. Offices and trade (wholesale and retail) consume around 2/3 of electricity in services at EU level 2.
However, there are steps you can take to reduce energy consumption while keeping your employees happy and maintaining a sense of well-being in the office. For instance, caring for your heating and cooling systems can result in substantial savings over time. Simple changes such as ventilating the office during cooler hours and using ceiling fans to create a sensation of freshness can help reduce the need for air conditioning. Additionally, turning off lights when not in use and using natural light whenever possible can help reduce electricity consumption.
Regarding computers and other electronic devices, using sleep mode instead of standby and turning off the display can help reduce power consumption. It's also a good idea to equip your office with a multifunction device and connect all computers to a network printer and copier to minimise the need for individual devices. Finally, choosing energy-efficient equipment with the Energy Star logo can help reduce your carbon footprint and energy expenses.
At Preflet, we can help you cut energy costs by analysing usage data and recommending actions to reduce energy consumption and your carbon footprint. We can all contribute to a more sustainable future by reducing energy waste in the office.