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Christmas is referred to as the silly season for a reason, and whether it’s your busiest time of year or the office is as dead as a Dodo the festive season has its own rules. With all those mince pies and Christmas decorations, it’s easy to let your energy usage get away from you. But taking your eye off the ball can add hundreds per year to your energy bills.
1. Check your temperatures
If the office is to be left empty over Christmas then you can afford to turn the heating right down – just high enough to stop the pipes bursting if there’s a frost. Even if staff are in, cold temperatures shouldn’t cause you to ramp up the heat too much (if they complain you can always show them our ‘How to deal with a freezing office’ infographic!). If you run a retail business, remember that people will already be compensating for the cold by wearing more layers.
2. Don’t leave appliances on standby
If you are leaving appliances on standby you are flushing money down the drain – they could be using up to 90% of their normal consumption! Ensure that all devices are properly turned off and unplugged. If the odd staff member might be popping into the office then provide a kettle (as opposed to a vending machine) for hot drinks.
3. Switch to LED fairy lights
LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional Christmas lights, making switching a no brainer. Remember to have them on a timer for those days that people are in the office, in case the last person to leave forgets to turn them off.
4. Let people work from home
If the office is going to be looking fairly sparse over Christmas – and you trust your employees- you may want to consider letting them work from home. Whilst the Christmas period is full of distractions, you may be surprised at how effective a work from home scheme is.
5. Install a timer
Put Christmas lights and other appliances on a timer to avoid wasted energy. This is good practice year round, but is even more important at Christmas time when staff may be distracted and there may be fewer people in the office to keep an eye on energy usage.
Remember to keep up to date with the latest energy news and small business advice on Twitter @switchmybiz.
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