Thinking about the efficiency of your appliances and other electrical goods might not be the most glamorous part of your job, but it certainly pays off when you see the savings that you can make – both for the company’s bank balance and the planet!
With that in mind, we have put together a few quick tips for saving power and energy on the shop floor:
Tip 1: Keep the Coolers Well Stocked
Making sure that an employee is on hand to replenish supplies when the fridges and freezers are running low is an excellent way to stop too much cold air from escaping out the door every time a customer takes something out. This is also a great tip for domestic appliances, so take this tip home with you and you’ll make some energy savings there too.
Back on the shop floor, making sure that there are always fresh goods on the shelves is good for business anyway, since it makes sure your customers always feel like they have plenty of choice – win-win!
Tip 2: Ensure That Everything is in Full Working Order
From appliances to windows, anything that’s old and a little run-down can be a real money sink, as you’ll end up using more electricity to get the same results. Here are a couple of things to think about:
- Heating: The first thing to do is to make sure that heat isn’t escaping from the building unnecessarily. This is why well-maintained windows are so important; losing warm air through cracks and gaps is simply unnecessary! If your building is already well insulated, you could still potentially save money by making sure your heating and cooling systems are up to date; a single expense now can be worth it if it brings costs down in the long-term.
- Refrigeration: We might keep returning to your refrigeration systems, but that’s because research shows that they can account for as much as 59% of a shop’s energy use – far more than anything else that you have running. Keep them clean, and in a good state of repair, as this will help them to keep food chilled while using less power. Choosing a preventative fridge or air conditioning maintenance plan is a great way to make sure these appliances remain in full working order, while also covering your options should anything go wrong!
Tip 3: Get Your Employees Involved
With proper training, your staff will all be able to get behind your mission to boost efficiency, so run a quick training session to go over expectations for small things like keeping lights switched off, closing doors, and saving energy in small ways – for instance, by not boiling too much water when in the break room.
For more information about our cooling solutions and preventative maintenance, why not contact the team today? We’re always looking for new ways to help out.