Improving Energy Efficiency In The Workplace

You should be looking for any way you can to cut the costs of doing business. Sometimes, especially in a weak economy, a company’s ability to save is just as important as their productivity. Saving on your operating budget, whether it’s improving your employees’ Health information and awareness, or switching to a paperless system, is essential. When you’re talking business, it all comes down to the dollars and cents and energy is the biggest concern for any business, regardless of size. It’s one of the largest portions of any operating budget and prices are projected to continue increasing in the coming years.

The environmental movement has gained a lot of ground in the last decade as energy and living costs have increased, but this growth in popularity has more to do with the bottom line that anything else. Though new computers and technology are becoming more efficient, it doesn’t hurt to make changes to your office that will decrease your energy consumption and streamline your energy needs. You have to be aware of several key factors.

It doesn’t matter how aggressive your approach to conservation is, you’re still going to need energy to operate your business. It’s about rethinking the way you use power. For starters, underneath the carpet or in the ceiling panel work, there is a vast network of wires and plugs that are moving incredible currents of power. This is why, in most office buildings, cell phones have a tough time working properly, it’s because there’s so much energy interference. Talk to a contractor or electrical engineer to figure out a way to operate a kill switch. This isn’t to be used during office hours, but for when no one is there. Offices use an incredibly amount of energy while no one is even there.
Another option is to have a network of power chords with built-in kill switches. These will completely turn off any power source coming in and stop usage totally. Most people don’t realize that if an appliance, device, or piece of electronic is plugged into a socket, it’s still consuming power. Find better ways to plug in. You’ll need electricity, but think about how you can alter your system to become more efficient.

Computers eat tons of electricity, but newer models have features that are built in that automatically shut down or go to sleep when they’re not used. The also require less energy to run. You might be using antiquated computers that, for what you need them for, work just fine, but also eat a lot of energy. Upgrading to newer energy efficient models might, at first seem cost prohibitive, but it’ll be worth the investment.

There’s going to come a time soon when businesses will completely change the way they operate in terms of energy usage. While our businesses rely increasingly on computer technology our demand for energy will increase. As the laws of supply and demand go, prices are just going to rise. As this increase continues, it’s going to cause more concern and wreak havoc on budgets. Perhaps you should think of different ways you can change the way your business consumes.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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