Guest Blog: Unplug, switch off, shutdown – 16 seasonal energy-saving actions

19th December 2018

Save money on your bills during the festive break with the help of this handy checklist

Christmas is a time for enjoying some sparkle and hopefully a bit of rest and relaxation. It’s not a time to fritter your bottom line on needless energy bills (or energy on creating unnecessary carbon emissions – ed.). So when your employees have left for the holidays, ensure you’ve taken all the measures you can to reduce your costs during the quiet time.

You know the sort of thing – don’t heat buildings when no one’s there; or leave lights on if no one needs to see. Common-sense stuff, but often forgotten. To help you, Resource Efficient Scotland has come up with 16 actions to take to keep your bills down this Christmas…

  1. Set radiators to freeze protection – there’s no point pumping out heat when everyone is at home. Switch off radiators, applying freeze protection to ensure your pipes don’t suffer in the cold snaps.
  2. Set boiler to freeze protection – heating a 1,000-square metre office with an electric heating system can cost £400+ over the holidays. Set your boiler to freeze protection or set your timers to reflect reduced occupancy levels.
  3. Close all windows and external doors – easily overlooked but make sure your business is tightly sealed over the holidays to prevent theft as well as energy loss.
  4. Turn off interior lights – all those bulbs add up to pennies on your bill if you don’t switch them off.
  5. Turn off and unplug Christmas lights – that special sparkle spreading holiday cheer shouldn’t be left on when you’ve left the building.
  6. Turn off and unplug vending machines – if they’re not storing perishable goods then switch ‘em off.
  7. Turn off and unplug watercoolers – an easy one to forget but watercoolers are using up electricity.
  8. Turn off and unplug computers and monitors – your network servers should stay on during the holidays but everything else can likely be closed.
  9. Turn off air-conditioning units – are they even still on?
  10. Turn off and unplug fans and heaters – these sorts of energy eaters shouldn’t be on at all when there’s noone there to benefit from them.
  11. Turn off and unplug printers and photocopiers – you probably already do this daily, but it’s a must before the festive break.
  12. Checks all taps are fully off – small drips can run up big losses.
  13. Consolidate stock in fridges and freezers – and turn off unneeded machines.
  14. Turn off and unplug microwave ovens, kettles and dishwashers – every little bit of electricity saved adds up.
  15. Shut down all machinery – keep on what you need and switch off what you don’t.
  16. Turn off extractor fans – these become less important when work has stopped and there’s no one in the building.

There you have it. Now you can enjoy a few winter warmers without worrying about your business for a few weeks. To make life even easier, don’t forget to download Resource Efficient Scotland’s handy shutdown checklist. And remember – saving energy isn’t just for Christmas. To find out how you can save in your business all year round, Resource Efficient Scotland’s friendly advisors are ready to help on 0808 808 2268.


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