We’ll all try to do our bit for the environment, but on your way out to your christmas party, did you remember to turn off your monitor? The printer? The lights? Well, ‘Make It Cheaper’, the business price comparison company have calculated that over the 11 days that office workers are enjoying themselves with family, businesses are collectively set to lose around £110 million.
With each employee using an estimated 10KWh per day in terms of heating and electrical equipment usage and when it is left on standby and 10 millions office workers, it’s easy to see how the cost can ramp up. This is enough energy to power 2 millions homes and pumps out 54,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The managing director of ‘Make It Cheaper’, Jonathan Elliot, said:
“You only have to feel the heat of a mobile phone charger to know that itâ€™s still sucking up electricity even when it’s not attached to your phone. And leaving a PC monitor on all night wastes enough energy to microwave six cold turkey dinners. With most office equipment, off doesn’t actually mean off anymore. Someone needs to take responsibility to turn the thermostat down and go to each wall socket and flick the switch or, better still, just unplug everything you don’t need. You’d be crackers not to.”
Being aware of energy usage in the office should be at the front of every business centre manager’s mind, as reducing the cost and amount of energy used can be the difference between a happy new year or a big bill to start off the new decade.