But baby… it’s cold outside! (but not in the office…)


But baby… it’s cold outside! (but not in the office…)

We all know the drill, being in a room with ten or more other people can get pretty warm and stuffy at times. It’s tempting to put the air conditioning on high and just hope for the best, but did you know that the simple act of opening a window could decrease energy usage and save you a considerable amount of money? Let’s take a look.

The average cost to run an air conditioner in the office is £76 per year, with the majority of this being unnecessary usage. This doesn’t sound like an awful lot to waste, but when broken down into what you could buy with it instead, it seems pretty steep. Let’s see what we could buy with seventy-six pounds…

• 28 Big Macs!
• 19 Sharpie pens!
• 172 pints of milk!
• 3 Flights from Manchester to Dublin!

So… what if you’re in a high-rise building and you can’t open a window? Or your window won’t open wide enough to affect the employees on the other side of the office? This is where the use of a fan can come in quite handy! Not only is an electric fan much better for the environment, but it is also a much less expensive way to keep your employees feeling cool and comfortable, when compared with an air conditioning unit.

In fact, whilst the average running cost of an air conditioning unit is £76 per year, the average running cost of an electric fan is just £7! So not only can you save a pretty hefty sum of money each year by switching off your air con, you can still ensure that your employees are able to cool down – especially during those warm and stuffy summer months. Hurray!

Tips to help improve the climate in the workplace

Our research points out that a third of employees feel they could do with some more guidance on saving energy in the workplace. Let’s take a look at some easy ways that we can improve the temperature in the office without burning cash:

When it’s too hot

1. Make sure that all windows are open to help that all important cool air to circulate
2. Relaxing any formal dress codes by allowing employees to remove ties and blazers
3. Letting staff take some regular breaks to cool down
4. Making sure all workspaces have a good amount of space to allow air to circulate
5. Turning off any unnecessary machinery or equipment that may add to the hot temperature

When it’s too cold

1. Keeping doors and windows closed to reduce draughts as much as possible;
2. Use revolving doors instead of swing doors to avoid reducing the indoor temperature further
3. Let’s get some brews on the go! Warm drinks will warm up employees quicker
4. Let your employees wear jumpers and jackets in the office
5. Give your employees an extra few minutes in the morning to warm up when they get in from the cold outside