Improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important for business owners and commercial property owners. With ever increasing costs, businesses need more options to help make ends meet. And reducing the cost of the energy bill is a great long term solution. So how can businesses become more energy efficient? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we work with clients and companies in a range of sectors. From residential settings, to commercial and industrial environments. As a result, we have produced this guide to¬†Improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

Improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings

There are several ways to reduce the amount of electricity that is wasted on a day to day basis. And these methods fall into a number of categories, including:

  • electrical changes or upgrades
  • changing company policy and practices

Electrical changes or upgrades

Making upgrades to your electrical systems might well cost you initially, but you could end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Some upgrades you might consider include:

  • motion activated lighting- your lights will never be left on needlessly with motion activated lighting. Instead they will be automatically switched on when motion is detected, and will switch themselves off after a period of time. This means that your offices, conference rooms, halls, and corridors will never be lit up for no reason. And over time, you energy expenditure will seriously reduce.
  • LED’s- a simpler switch is to swap out all your lightbulbs for more energy efficient options. LED’s last a lot longer than other lighting options, and also use a lot less electricity. This means you will save money on bills, but you also wont need to replace your bulbs as often either.

Changing company policy and practices

Simply making energy efficiency a priority in terms of your policies at work can be a big step. Why not:

  • ask staff to lower the blinds before reaching for the air con
  • set vending machines, printers and photocopiers to a timer, so they automatically switch off at a certain time, and you don’t have to pay to power them after everyone else has left
  • send all computers to shut down after a certain time

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.