Warm weather is back and it’s only going to get hotter so now is the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently.
Keeping your workplace at temperatures deemed fit for employees during a heatwave is essential to maintain the productivity of your staff. Companies across the country are becoming more and more reliant on air-conditioning units throughout the working week.
However, this cooling method can cause a significant spike in your energy bills. The average air conditioning device uses around 16,200 watts over 10-hours, this means the additional costs can add up to hundreds of pounds when used excessively throughout June, July and August.
If you want to save money and keep cool during the summer months take a look at our simple tips:
- Turn on air conditioning units for a few hours in the morning and cool down the workplace in preparation for employees’ arriving later on. Use moderately throughout the day to control the temperature
- Open some windows, as many as you need, on different sides of the business – this encourages the air to circulate
- Keep blinds, curtains or shutters closed during the day on the side of the premises that the sun shines on to reduce the amount of heat getting in throughout the day
- Keep lighting to a minimum. Light bulbs give off heat – even if they’re environmentally friendly. The sun shines for longer now so you should be able to get away with needing no artificial light, unless you work into the night.
During these scorching temperatures, it is of course imperative that you provide employees with a comfortable working environment. With these tips, you should be able to find a good balance and help keep your electricity costs low this summer.