Energy Efficiency in your Practice
Coming into Christmas or holiday periods can be a quieter time for many practices. This is often when staff take leave, or you yourself may take leave. Often, clients are away as well on holidays and this means that your cash flow can be affected at this time. It is important to look for ways to improve your cash flow during the year but importantly at this time. One way is to reduce your utility bills. We have put together some ideas to reduce your electricity bill this period.
Here are some simple ideas:
- Ensure you clean the filters of your air conditioner(s) by washing them out (refer to the cleaning instructions for your machine) and check that the condenser unit (this often sits outside the building) is free of rubbish, leaves or cobwebs so you ensure the fan is working efficiently. Filters should be cleaned 3-4 times a year. When were yours last cleaned?
- Keeping blinds down on any windows that capture the sunlight in the morning and in the afternoon.
- Have a recommended temperature set point for summer in your rooms (example, 23-25 degrees). For every degree that you set the air conditioner lower (e.g., down at 19 degrees) you will increase your electricity consumption. Figures show that even a 1-degree difference in heating or cooling causes a 10% increase in electricity consumption so this is a good one to watch.
- Look to have a timer installed on your air conditioner so it turns off each afternoon or night on its own and comes on in the morning just before people arrive. That way, it can’t be forgotten and left on overnight by accident.
- If you have staff, ensure they are aware of electricity usage by talking about it at your next staff meeting or sending around a memo. Remind staff to switch off appliances that are not required to be on when they leave at the end of the day, on weekends and especially when going on holidays.
I hope the above tips help you review the energy consumption in your practice.