As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to fall, our thoughts turn to the winter ahead and the inevitable rising amounts on our fuel bills. The cost of energy starts to rise as demand increases, with the days getting shorter, nights getting longer, and boilers running for longer, we need to think about how we abate these costs.
Powerful Allies Director and Energy Reduction expert says: ‘Virtually every time I walk around sites conducting energy efficiency reviews, I’m amazed at how many classrooms and offices have their windows open and heating on and find myself asking, why? Many rooms don’t have thermostatic valves fitted to radiators. Those that do are generally turned up to full, whilst some staff complains of their rooms not getting nearly as warm as they’d like.’
Did you know that a ‘cold office’ is the number one office complaint from staff members? Mind you, a workplace that is too warm can be equally distracting and lead to your staff feeling lethargic or unfocussed.
We all know that keeping staff, clients, or students at a comfortable temperature can have a positive effect on productivity and wellbeing so it’s in your interest to get it right.
Younger people naturally run at a warmer temperature compared to the older generations. Therefore, if your office is full of energetic uni-graduates, or if you work at a School, then you can afford to turn the thermostat down by a few degrees, however, if your ‘target audience’ is slightly older you may want to warm it up a little to make them more comfortable.
Here are some simple quick-wins that you can implement, generally at zero or low cost, if this scenario resonates with you:
Raise awareness of your energy-saving campaign! It’s all well and good putting actions and policies in place, but if you don’t tell anyone about it then how can you be sure that the actions will be carried out? If you are part of a small team then a group email, posters or meeting may suffice. If you are a larger team or implementing a plan across multiple sites, it can be a little more challenging. We recommend using a few different techniques to get everyone on board with going Green in the workplace. Here are just a few ideas for you, but you can get as creative as you like:
Best of luck with your Energy Reduction campaign and do let us know how you get on. We offer on-site energy audits for our clients so please get in touch if you think this will be beneficial to you and we will be happy to help you reduce your energy consumption and start making savings.