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6 steps to an energy efficient office

Increasingly, more and more Irish employers are recognising the importance of implementing official ‘green’ policies to combat energy wastage, increasing costs, staff engagement levels and to improve public perception of their operations. If you’re thinking about setting up a ‘green’ policy, or just want a few simple tips to help your office be more responsible when it comes to using energy, here are 6 steps to an energy efficient office that you can start applying today.

Step 1: Heat your office for less

If your workplace uses oil heating to maintain comfortable working temperatures of around 21oC, then contact us for a great deal on your oil. Our specialist commercial team will be able to give you a quote for your oil, and we can also offer our commercial customers excellent pricing and credit terms. We currently supply to customers in a variety of industries, from multinational pharmaceuticals to factories and schools so we’re sure we can supply to you too.

Step 2: Establish a green policy

Have your energy efficiency plans set out in an official green policy document. If everyone in the company is aware of it, from top level management to new employees, then everyone can be involved and held accountable. Decide what should be included together – should you choose a certain brand of IT equipment as it is more energy saving? What kind of lighting upgrades could you make? Can your graphic designer pull together some new posters and POS for the office to remind everyone of these new goals?

Step 3: Work with responsible suppliers

If you are truly committed to making a responsible change, then you are only as good as your weakest link – so you need to consider carefully who your suppliers are and whether they share the same goals as you. In a lot of cases, you will be able to form mutually beneficial relationships with companies who are just as interested in protecting the environment as you.

Step 4: Be clear about what your goals are

Does everyone in your organisation know what the energy efficiency goals are? If not, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get close to meeting them. An update on this work should be just as important as an update on the financials or the advertising results, so plan time to report on these goals so you can measure your success against your targets. Has everyone switched off their computer at night before going home? Has everyone switched to a laptop rather than a desktop, as these use 80% less energy? What will your goals be?

Step 5: Consider your kitchen appliances

The kitchen, both at home and at work, is often the source of the most energy draining equipment – thanks to fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and kettles. For helping to improve your office energy efficiency, consider these changes: switch to a smaller fridge for the office – you don’t need it to hold a week’s worth of a groceries after all. Your dishwasher, if you have one should only be turned on when it’s totally full. Your kettle should only contain the water you need, so if it’s full when you boil it you had better be making tea for everyone!

Step 6: Reward your employees

Any new initiatives and changes can be met with resistance – after all, not everyone likes changes, so to encourage the adoption of these new policies, why not try rewarding your employees for their participation? It doesn’t have to be big bonuses or monetary rewards – sometime a simple recognition such as ‘Green Champion of the Month’ is enough to make the plan stick.