With a well-designed office, a business can get the best out of its employees, which in turn helps to improve the quality of the services/products on offer; this is well known. One less-mentioned aspect of well-designed office interiors though, is that they can save the business much in operational costs – such as its regular energy bills.

Costs will vary dependent on the size of the business, of course, but regardless if the workplace is used by a handful of people or numerous departments that make up hundreds of people, it's only by streamlining these costs, can a business truly get great value from its investments. This is why in this blog, we're going to look at some ways a business can save costs, through saving energy.

How to save energy in office interiors

  • Computer wastage.With the vast majority of offices requiring at least one computer for every employee, the cost of electricity for larger businesses could be high. This is why it's important to ensure the creation of a policy that sees all computers are switched off whilst not being used. Placing a single computer on standby for the evening could cost upwards for £20 a year; multiply this by a number of employees that don't switch their machines off and it will result in a needless expense that would be better off invested elsewhere in the business.
  • Switching off lights. Ensuring that lights in all rooms (especially in WC's and kitchens) are switched off when not being used in office interiors is an easy way to cut down on electrical costs. If the building has multiple switches in a single installation, it'll be worth labelling each one to ensure that the wrong ones aren't accidentally used too.Sometimes though, it can be easy to forget to switch them off after being used,so using automated switches that turn on/off based on motion detection are an efficient way of cutting costs through lighting.
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs.Swapping older fluorescent bulbs with modern, energy-efficient versions could cut energy bills by as much as 10%. Many businesses are turning to LED lighting that is not only more energy-efficient than fluorescent bulbs but can also shine a much larger spectrum of light, even mimicking the natural light from the outside.
  • Tea etiquette.Many people will enjoy a couple of cups of tea or coffee during the working day(tea points/kitchens make great places for people to get together to bond too),but with kettles using up electricity, constantly brewing up more water than what's needed will pile on the costs of energy. By introducing some tea etiquette that sees the kettle filled up for the number of cups that need to be made (rather than full to the brim), not only will much money be saved over the year but the drinks will be made quicker too!
  • Think about heating usage. One of the more common ways in which a business loses money through poor energy management, is through using heating that they do not need. Radiators heat office interiors for a reason; suddenly removing that heat by opening windows to let air/natural light in, will mean that heat (and the cost) will be wasted. A smart way that a business can control their energy usage, is through installing a HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system.
  • Opening windows. Speaking of which, instead of blasting copious amounts of air conditioning throughout the office, throwing open the windows will see fresh air blown into the room(s), providing a natural cooling sensation and a slightly lessened energy bill.
  • Think natural. Often in all aspects of life, we try to find the most difficult solutions to easy questions. In terms of energy usage, what we need is a plentiful supply of light and air, and it needs to cost very little. Opening up the office interiors to the outside, using big windows, will not only provide it with natural light and air – but it will cost absolutely nothing too.
  • Think more about waste. The usage of paper in the average office has vastly reduced somewhat in recent years. Fair enough, this is mostly down to the fact that we don't really need it these days (what with the technology at our disposal), but it still has its uses in offices. Printing only when it's absolutely necessary will cut energy usage, as well as paper costs (whilst recycling paper materials will be great for the environment too). Ultimately, going paper-free is the solution that most businesses will be heading towards. Just make sure to turn off your computers at the end of the day.

So those are our top tips on reducing energy wastage in your office interiors. If you are interested in learning more about how you could streamline your office design to help your business get better value, then our team will be happy to offer their expert advice.

Improve the effectiveness of your office design, with Oaktree Interiors

As we've been creating bespoke office interiors for a wide range of business types over the last 30 years, the team here at Oaktree Interiors have established a leading service that constantly keeps pace with the latest design trends, as well as innovations in technology. The result is a workplace that not only serves the business and its employees in the exact way they expect(rather than them, changing the way they work, due to the limitations of the office's design), but it will also be more efficient with its operational costs too.

To learn more about how we can help your office to be more effective with its ongoing costs, we would be pleased to hear from you. Give us a call on 0345 21 86955 or send any questions you have via e-mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com

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