With the roadmap out of lockdown well on its way, your thoughts might have turned to returning to work. Since all of your employees have been working from home, you’ve probably found that you’ve saved lots of money on gas and electricity bills.

While some business may have decided to sell their offices and continue with the work from home approach, if your employees benefit more from an office environment, then there’s still ways that you can save your money even when your office is bustling with people again.

In these situations, it pays to be prepared, so here are some tips for keeping your office as energy efficient as possible once everyone is back at work again:

Temperature

Heating and cooling buildings requires lots of energy, particularly if your office is relatively big. And while it’s not responsible as an employer to simply turn down your heating so that your employees are freezing cold every day, there are many things you can do to keep control over your office’s temperature.

Keep doors and windows closed when heating a room, and by contrast, keep everything open if you’re trying to keep the place cool. The most comfortable room temperature is between 20-23°c, so use this as a guideline when heating the office.

You could use a smart thermostat to only heat rooms that are in use, which will be able to detect the room temperature and shut off once your office has reached its desired temperature.

Lighting

Lights are one of the biggest energy-drainers in office environments, and if your light bulbs aren’t energy-efficient, then you might as well be throwing your money down the drain. If your office uses old, energy-draining lighting, then you should shop smartly in order to find a good range of LED panels.

Any-Lamp offer a selection of energy efficient, LED panels by top brands like Philips, Noxion and Ledvance. They’re a perfect replacement for fluorescent tube fixtures and because they’re plug & play, you’ll save time as well as money when it comes to installing them. This type of lighting also requires little maintenance, so you can focus solely on running your business.

Other ways to save energy with your lighting is to make sure yourself and employees are turning lights off when leaving a room, keep light fixtures free of dust, and make the most of natural lighting as much as possible. You could also set your lighting on a timer so that it turns off after a specific time and comes on again in the morning.

Equipment

Office equipment like computers, printers and display screens are often left turned on when it’s not necessary, and they can quickly drain energy.

To make sure you’re saving money, you should set all computers to switch to ‘sleep mode’ after a period of inactivity, and check that all equipment is switched to its energy-saving mode. Finally, try not to use your printer unless absolutely necessary- since most things are done online now, this shouldn’t be a problem.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.