Offices can often be large and open spaces, which make them difficult to heat effectively and efficiently. This can result in businesses spending a large amount on heating to ensure that their employees have comfortable surroundings in which to work. As the colder weather approaches, what can you do to save money on your heating bill whilst still having a nice and warm office every day? Here are our top 7 tips:
Install a new thermostatBeing able to control the temperature of your office more effectively can help to lower your heating costs. There are now innovative programmable thermostats on the market which you can set to reduce the temperature when the office is empty. It can then be turned up during business hours and keep the office at a constant and comfortable temperature without the risk of it being left on all night.
Turn the heating downMany businesses have their heating set too high, which can result in wasted money and energy. By turning the temperature down by just one degree, you can make a significant cost saving. However, you and your employees will not notice the difference and the office will still feel warm enough.
Reduce draughtsA draughty office can add considerably to your heating bills without your even realising. The gaps don’t have to be big to create a cold atmosphere, which will lead to people turning the heating up. However, when you do this, the warm air will just escape through the gaps and still not heat up the space effectively. You should check for any gaps and then seal off the spaces to prevent cold air getting in and warm air leaking out.
Update your heating system
Older heating systems are far more inefficient than the newer models. If you feel your heating bills are getting out of control, it might be time to look at upgrading your complete system. This might seem like an additional expense, but it will start saving you money straight away and soon pay for itself. There are now more energy-efficient heat pumps available which can meet your needs more effectively, reducing the amount of energy that you’re using.
Look at renewable sources
The technology behind renewable energy sources has improved considerably in recent years, and they are certainly a worthwhile option to consider if you’re looking to reduce costs. Solar panels can be costly to install, but if the system is used properly, this will pay for itself in just a few years. After this point you will be heating up your office for free, and it will help to reduce your overall energy bills - not just the amount you use for heating. Once they’ve been fitted, the panels require very little maintenance and will last for a long time. You can also sell back any additional energy to the National Grid, so the panels could make you money as well as reducing your energy usage.
Use natural heat sourcesThe way in which your office space is designed can help you to heat it more efficiently. The sun’s rays are a natural source of heat, so choosing large windows that face east and west can make the most of the sun and provide you with free heating.
Have good-quality insulation
This is another option that has an upfront cost but which will save you money in the long run. If you have an older building, the insulation might no longer be as efficient as it once was, resulting in heat leaking out. If you have new insulation installed in the building’s ceiling and walls, it will seal off the property and create a warmer space that is cheaper to operate.
By following some of these ideas, you will begin to see a difference in your energy costs for the year ahead.
By Raj Sidhu, Pump Sales Direct