Cutting your office’s lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save both energy and money and, more often than not, being aware of your energy usage can save you hundreds of pounds. Here are a few simple tips which will help you have a positive impact on the environment, without leaving you in the dark:
– Switch – Replace all the light bulbs in your office with energy-saving ones. Whereas traditional light bulbs last around 1,000 hours, energy-saving light bulbs last a lot longer, with most compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) claiming lifetimes upwards of 6,000 hours and LEDs around 25,000 hours!
– Be conscious – be aware of how many lights are on in the office at one time and whether they all need to be in use.
– Ensure staff turn lights out when leaving an empty room and put up reminder signs in areas such as staff rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
– It’s worthwhile to invest in automatic switches for places like the bathroom so they turn off automatically when not in use. If this isn’t an option, it’s helpful to arrange light switches in convenient places such as at the top and bottom of stairs and doorways.
– Finally, ensure to make use of natural lighting and remember to open the blinds in the morning. Lighter, neutral colours also make a difference – a dark lamp shade can absorb more than half the light a bulb emits!
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