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Winter is coming – is your building leaking money?


This article was updated 15th September 2016

How do you know if you’re paying more than you need to for your energy bills?  If your premises aren’t properly insulated and maintained, you could be leaking energy – and money – without even knowing it. 

With winter coming, here are a few ways to ensure your energy isn’t escaping when you need it most…

1. Hold the door

If your premises see a lot of footfall, or staff frequently leave the doors and windows ajar to compensate for stuffy air, you will be losing energy. Likewise, drafty premises can lead employees to put the heating on more than is necessary, meaning a double hit on your usage. Automatic or revolving doors can be used in shops and offices to ensure that no more air is lost than necessary, whilst corridors and double doors near entrances can help to provide an air lock.

2. Insulation

Draught proofing around doors and windows is simple, effective and can save you between £20 and £50 per year. Likewise, insulation is a relatively low-cost way to ensure your premises are as energy efficient as possible. Insufficient insulation through walls and ceilings can be responsible for up to 55% of energy loss.  Ensuring that your loft, cavity, external wall insulation and double glazing are up to scratch can help to reduce energy bills, decrease condensation and reduce volatility in temperatures.

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3. Light Leakage

Light leakage may be an odd concept, but it’s amazing how much energy is wasted by lighting spaces that simply don’t need to be lit. Consider investing in motion triggered lights for little used spaces such as corridors, bathrooms and meeting rooms, to ensure that lights can’t be left on when spaces aren’t being used. Just switching off lights in empty spaces can reduce lighting bills by 15%!If you frequently have office staff staying late, do they really need the main lights on, or would a desk lamp suffice?

If you’re looking to be more energy efficient at work, take a look at our Eco Save Office – an interactive infographic that will tell you exactly how much simple changes can save.

 

 

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