Whether you run a multi-warehouse facility or a small one-man shop, finding ways to cut back on operation costs is always at the top of your mind. One of the best ways to cut back on costs is to introduce energy-saving practices around the workplace. The following are 3 ways to save energy and in turn, save you money:
- Go paperless when possible. In today’s digital world, this should be an easy transition to make. Rather than print out a paper copy of everything you do (i.e. emails, documents, memos, agendas, calendars, receipts, etc.), consider paperless alternatives. Encourage your employees and coworkers to do the same. You might even train them on some alternatives to printing, such as saving a document as a PDF, saving a webpage by “printing” it as a PDF file and saving it as an electronic copy on your computer, keeping digital copies of important documents rather than using a bulky filing system, etc. There are lots of alternatives to printing, it might just take some getting used to!
- Make your office space more energy-efficient. If you are looking to move office locations, be sure to keep an eye out for office spaces with solar panels and carefully-placed windows and skylights that allow natural light into the office and allow you to reduce your use of artificial lights. If you are looking to make your current office more energy efficient, consider redecorating by choosing furniture made from recycled materials as well as using paint that is low-VOC which prevents toxins from circulating the air in your office.
- Revamp your facility ventilation system. While it may seem like a very technical thing to do, installing a variable frequency drive (VFD) is another way to make your office space more energy-efficient. Installing a VFD within your ventilation system will help save on energy by allowing the volume of air moved to match the system demand. These are usually most helpful in large buildings and can also be used on elevators, pumps and conveyor and machine tool drives. In addition to energy savings, a VFD will help you with mechanical savings as well as it causes less wear and tear on your existing equipment and will reduce the damaging cost of downtime due to improved system performance. All in all, once installed, the average return on investment is about 6 months to two years and will save you up to 80% in energy costs.