Electricity bills spike around this time of year for most of us. For those of us who work from offices or buildings that will be closed for the holiday, these few reminders will help keep costs low.
1. When everyone leaves the premises for the Christmas holidays, switch off all computers, photocopiers, printers and non-essential equipment at the plug socket. Leaving these items on standby means they could still be using up to 90% of their power.
2. Turn off the lights on your desk, in the office, any display lights that don't need to be on. If you need them on at a certain time for security reasons, use a timer. According to the Carbon Trust, lighting the average office building overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1,000 cups of coffee!
3. Turn off any Christmas decorations that light up. They may look nice, but if you're not there to enjoy them there is no need to pay for them. This is also heavily recommended from a fire safety perspective. And also, if you do decorate with Christmas lights, consider using LED lights, which are energy efficient.