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Office buildings use energy for space heating, cooling, light and IT. Recent trends include an increase in the use of electronic office equipment and air-conditioning plant. Some simple changes to work practices can have a significant effect on energy usage and lead to savings on your energy bills.
  • Go through your energy bills with your supplier so you understand any penalty charges and how they can be reduced or avoided e.g. how much electricity is used at night
  • Maintain appropriate temperatures, ventilation rates, lighting levels and water temperatures consistent with industry standards e.g. Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Make sure any radiators and vents are not obstructed by furniture or equipment and keep any filters clean
  • Ensure heating boilers are routinely serviced e.g. gas boilers once a year and oil boilers twice a year
  • Ensure ventilation and heating to intermittently occupied areas are switched off when not required
  • Do not let heating and cooling operate at the same time in the same area. Heating should stop at 19 degC and cooling should start at 24 degC
  • Ensure light switches are labelled to show the lights they control. Switch off lights when not needed
  • Establish a maintenance schedule for the cleaning of lamps and fittings
  • Ensure office equipment is switched off overnight and that this is done automatically for larger pieces of equipment automatically with timeswitches
  • Ensure staff are familiar with the correct operation of controls and equipment and turn off PCs and monitors at the end of the day and over holiday periods
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