How Environmentally Friendly Tech Can Help Reduce Your Business’s Energy Bills

Energy Saving Tech

Today, the UK energy crisis dominates the headlines – and with good reason. The sharp spike in energy prices, along with rising inflation, is dramatically impacting the cost of living for most Brits. But it’s not just domestic households feeling the effects of soaring energy bills. Staggering energy prices have hit large and small businesses across the UK, and unlike domestic customers, there’s no energy price cap for companies.

It’s a worrying situation. Still, businesses aren’t powerless either. Many companies don’t realise just how much of an impact environmentally friendly technology can have on their bills. With this in mind, let’s dive into how energy-saving technology can improve your bottom line amid an increasingly hostile energy landscape.

How Small Businesses Can use Green Technology to Save Energy

One way to reduce your energy bills is to simply use less energy. This doesn’t have to mean working in the dark and using a headlamp to get around, but rather, investing in eco-technology solutions.

Replacing LCD Monitors With LED Monitors

Standard LCDs use fluorescent backlights, while LED displays use light-emitting diodes for backlights. And critically, LEDs are more energy efficient. For example, a 32-inch LED screen consumes 10 watts less energy than the same size LCD screen. In other words, your old displays are eating up unnecessary power.

Of course, there is an upfront cost with upgrading your current monitors, but doing so can save you money in the long run. Moreover, you can often trade in old equipment to help with the costs.

Use Laptops Instead of Desktops

Here’s the bottom line. Laptops consume up to 80% less electricity than their power-hungry desktop peers. Typically, laptops have a maximum energy draw of only 60 watts, while your average desktop may peak at approximately 175 watts. There are other benefits to laptops over desktops too. For example, if all employees have access to a laptop, they can work from home. This means you can have entire days where employees don’t need to be in the office, which can help cut down on energy bills.

Smart Switches

Smart switches still work like traditional light switches. Still, they come with added features like an app that allows you to remotely control your lights, dimming capabilities, and extra buttons for granular control. You can also program your smart switches to turn on the lights, or other appliances, at scheduled times. This means you don’t have to worry about people accidentally leaving a light on when they leave for the day.

Other Tips to Save on Energy

Invest in a UPS Because of Potential Power Blackouts

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), sometimes called a battery backup, provides a continuous power supply when your regular power source fails. With gas exports from Europe becoming increasingly uncertain due to the war in Ukraine, the National Grid warned that blackouts might become more likely. So far, much of the coverage around blackouts has centred around how the National Grid may impose them on households on cold winter nights in January and February to help conserve limited gas and electricity.

However, businesses could be next in line if the situation escalates. For businesses, a loss in power can be catastrophic. For example, it can result in a loss of income because employees are unable to work, it can result in unsaved work being lost forever, and it potentially puts your reputation at risk if you’re unable to meet customer expectations while your tech is down.

Power Down Your Devices Each Night

Leaving your mains-powered devices on standby or in “sleep mode” can add to your electricity bill and provides little to no benefit. As a result, ensure any devices that can be powered down are powered down. It’s also important not to leave laptops plugged in when they’re already charged up. Turning off chargeable devices can ensure you’re not wasting energy on devices when they’re not in use, ultimately requiring more frequent charging.

Defrost Your Office Fridge and Freezer

Most offices have a fridge where employees can store their lunch and milk for tea and coffee. Remember that it’s a good idea to regularly defrost your office fridge, as the more it ices up, the more energy it will use.

Wrapping Up

Experts are unsure exactly how long the current UK energy crisis will last. Still, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll return to the energy rates we enjoyed a few years ago any time soon. And more worryingly, energy could become even more expensive over the coming years. As a result, the best thing businesses can do today is prepare for a future where expensive energy is the norm. This means investing in devices that use less energy, powering down your devices when not in use, and investing in environmentally friendly technology wherever possible.