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How to Save Energy at Work

How to Save Energy at Work

 

  • Ensure that employees/colleagues are only using lights when absolutely necessary. For example, only use lighting early in the mornings and late in the evenings.

 

  • Use time switches and daylight sensors which help reduce energy usage and save money by switch off automatically at certain times.

 

  • Use energy efficient lightbulbs. For instance, LED light bulbs and compact fluorescent products use around 80% less energy than standards light bulbs.

 

  • Your IT equipment still uses energy even in standby mode. Make sure staff switch off all equipment before leaving or if it’s not being used.

 

  • Close window blinds/curtains in the early evening or late afternoon to prevent night time heat loss.

 

  • Fit automatic closures on external doors like fire doors to ensure none are left open resulting in heat unnecessary heat loss.

 

  • Use energy saving features on items like monitors and printers to use less energy and save more money in the workplace. 

How to Save Energy at Home

KEEP WARM WITH CLOTHING
Again, this seems obvious. Wear warm clothing and snuggle up in blankets; you’ll be less tempted to stick the heating on in the first place!

STOCK UP
When cooking, it would be wise to cook multiple meals at once to get the most out of heating up your oven! As a student, having your meals ready-made will save you a lot of time in the future!

TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT
This one might seem obvious, but turning down your thermostat by just one degree could save you as much as £60 a year! It’s also cheaper to have your heating running on low continuously rather than turning it on and off.

USE THE SMALL RING
You’re probably only heating a small meal but you’re using a large pan on a large ring! Just use a small pan on a small ring as it saves energy and your meal will heat quicker!

SHOWER
Showering uses much less water than having a bath (as long as you’re not standing under the stream for hours on end). Also, turning down the pressure of your shower saves even more water and money.

USE YOUR OVEN AS HEATING
This is a good one! Leave your oven door open after cooking and allow the escaping heat to help heat your home! No energy will be going to waste.

BE EFFICIENT WITH WASHING
Most of your washing machine’s energy is spent on heating the water itself – washing your clothes at 30-40 degrees will save you energy and won’t damage your clothes!

APPLY FOR A LOFT INSULATION GRANT
25% of the heat in your home rises and gets lost in your loft space. If you get loft insulation, you could save up to 20% on your fuel bills – that’s a saving of roughly £130 a year! Whoa! So if you rent a house, give your landlord or agents a call to see if you’re eligible.

HANG UP YOUR LAUNDRY
Air-dry your laundry instead of putting it inside a tumble dryer; they are incredibly expensive to run! Plus there isn’t anything nicer than fresh, air-dried clothes.

IRONING
Only iron what you deem completely necessary - e.g. shirts. Things like socks, pants, and leggings go completely unnoticed without ironing and it saves energy, money, and time!

New Grant Funding - Now Available

SMEs in Norfolk and Suffolk can now access grant funding to help towards the cost of EnergiPlan+ and improving their energy efficiency. This new grant, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is available to 275 SMEs and covers a range of activities.

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