Heating up an office isn’t like heating up a home. While you may be able to grin and bear the cold and wrap up warmly during the winter months in your own home, it’s unfair to expect your employees to do the same when at work. That isn’t to say that there aren’t ways to reduce your heating bills. Here are just a few ways that you can heat your work premises for less.
Start monitoring your heating usage
Your first step to cutting your heating bills could be to start monitoring your heating usage strictly. This could help you to prevent times when heating is left on unnecessarily. You may consider getting a smart heating control system that can be controlled remotely. If employees are allowed to adjust the heating, make sure to encourage good habits like turning off heating at the end of the day when everyone’s leaving.
Upgrade your water heating system
An old water heating system could be costing you a lot of money in your office. Rather than paying for a water tank to be heated up, it could be worth opting for a tankless water system. This heats up water only when a hot water faucet is in use. In an office where you may only need hot water for washing dishes, you don’t want to pay to heat up a tank all of the time.
Use cheap insulation tricks
Investing in insulation can keep the office warmer for a longer period of time. However, permanent insulation can be expensive and may not be possible if you’re leasing an office space. Fortunately, you can try cost-cutting DIY insulation tricks like window insulating film instead of opting for double glazing. You can even simply buy thicker curtains.
Keep out drafts
Gaps and cracks in your office could be letting in drafts. You may be able to seal gaps under doors with draft excluders. Cracks in walls can be caulked. It’s worth considering construction adhesive terms so that you don’t use more caulk than necessary. Large cracks may require more than caulk, and it could be worth hiring a surveyor to look at them.
Opt for solar heating
If you’re able to make the investment, you may want to consider running all your heating off of solar energy. If you go this route, you’ll never have to pay a heating bill again. By installing solar panels on the roof of your premises, you can generate your own electricity, which can be used for heating purposes. With enough solar panels, you may even be able to use this energy for general electricity purposes. Solar energy isn’t the only sustainable energy source – you could also consider installing a commercial wind turbine or using hydroelectricity if you live near a river.