It is no secret that powering an office is not cheap. With the cost of energy constantly on the rise, people are always looking for great ways to lower their power consumption. Everywhere you look in an office is an opportunity to save some energy. Here are a few ways you can save money on your next electric bill.
Analyze Your Power Consumption
Before you can solve a problem, you have to know what the problem is. This is true in all aspects of life, including running an office. Do you have windows open with the HVAC system on? Are the computers energy efficient? Have you updated the lights to a better low-power system? These are smart things to think about when optimizing your office’s power consumption.
It is recommended to have a professional come in and analyze your power usage over time. They are able to tell you what departments use the most energy, what time you are using the most energy and give you a full report on your power consumption. They can also give recommendations on what you can do to improve.
If you have ever used a copy machine, you know how the paper feels when you pull it fresh off the tray. The paper is warm. This is because of something called the “fuser” unit. The purpose of the fuser unit is to get really hot and fuse the toner powder to the paper. It takes a lot of power to get the fuser unit that hot and even more to keep it hot for an extended period of time.
Now is the time to go paperless if you haven't already. Memos, order forms, reports, and other papers can all be computerized. Not only is it more convenient to have your documents on your computer, but you will reduce the amount of paper your company uses and reduce your power consumption.
Clean Your HVAC System
When trying to figure out ways to optimize your office to reduce the power bill, one of the best places to look is your HVAC system. HVAC systems can account for more than 50% of your power consumption if not properly maintained.
You should be replacing your filter at least every six months. A clean filter is going to allow for better airflow, thus causing less resistance on the fans so that less energy is consumed. If your filters are wearing out faster than expected, check to see if your air intakes are clean. Inspect and clean the system’s fans at least twice a year.
Be Energy Smart
When buying computers for your office, it is easy to overlook the energy requirements. It is important to do some math to figure out how much electricity will be used. A computer pulling 200 watts at 10 cents per kWh during an eight-hour workday will cost about $40 to run each year. However, a more efficient computer pulling 120 watts will cost about $25 to run for a year. That is a sizeable difference when working with one computer. In an office with 50 computers, that's a difference of over $700 a year!
Lightbulbs are also a great area to save some energy. In recent years, many companies have come out with high-efficiency lighting. If your office has windows, it is best to utilize natural lighting.
Whether that's going paperless in your office, or performing regular checks on your HVAC system, there are plenty of ways to lower your power consumption. If you would like help analyzing your power usage, contact the professionals here at Motor Shop Electrical Construction Co. today!