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How to reduce your charity’s energy consumption

If you are a charity, and particularly one that is just starting up, cost needs to be at the top of your agenda. One area that is often overlooked is the amount of money that can be saved from energy bills by taking a few simple steps. In this how-to guide, our Trusted Supplier LSI Energy look at five simple ways to reduce your energy consumption, saving you money.

1

Switch off

Turn off your PCs and other office equipment at the end of the day. Organisations often leave their appliances on standby, due to believing the myth that turning them off and on uses more electricity than simply leaving them on. It may be the case with central heating needing to use more energy to heat up a room after it has become cold, but with general office electronic equipment, you will save energy by turning them off when you aren’t using them. One average PC will cost over £30 a year in electricity charges.

2

Replace your light bulbs

Think about replacing incandescent bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent tubes, such as halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). It is estimated that the life span of these is ten times longer than the traditional bulb, and they can use up to 80% less energy. Garish light is now a thing of the past with new designs. Also try fitting dimmers and motion sensors to control lighting, especially in areas which are not in constant use such as storage areas.

3

Energy efficient office supplier

Use energy efficient office supplies, buy printing paper, notebooks, and cups, which are produced from recycled paper, they are much cheaper. Whenever you can, recycle anything that can be reborn, such as ink cartridges, computers, containers and paper products.

4

Review your appliances

Investing in appliances that are energy efficient can be expensive to start with, but over their lifespan it will save you serious money. Some appliances are costly to run, the office hot and cold water cooler has been shown to consume more energy than a big refrigerator, or the office electric kettle that is continuously being boiled, yet only one cup poured, consumes more electricity than many other appliances combined.

5

Ask staff for suggestions

Gather your staff and ask for suggestions, they may come up with things you have not thought about. Points to be raised in such a meeting could include adjusting the work times, so that more was done in natural daylight.

It’s often the simple changes in office and working environments that can help charities make significant savings.

Further information

NCVO Trusted Supplier LSI Energy are available as a benefit of your NCVO membership and their contract assessment and reminder service is free of charge for members. Email LSI Energy today or call 01727 877 020.

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