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  • Maximum recommended heating level for offices, shops, restaurants is 19oC
  • Every 1oC can be add up to 10% to heating costs
  • Modern thermostats can be programmed to match heating to building occupancy
  • When using heating or air conditioning, keep windows closed
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  • Insulation is an effective and cost effective way to improve energy efficiency as a great deal of heat can be lost through roofs, walls and windows
  • An un-insulated ceiling will lose 12 times the rate of one insulated to a depth of 200mm
  • Cavity walls without insulation will lose almost three times as much heat as walls with insulation


  • Set energy-saving sleep mode to kick in after 15 minutes of being idle. Sleep mode typically uses around 70% less electricity than full-power mode
  • Switch off all computers at the end of the working day and at weekends. Ten computers and monitors left on all the time will use around 10,500 units of electricity a year
  • Switch to laptops; they use up to 80% less electricity than desktop computers
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Printers and photocopiers

  • Set energy-saving sleep mode to kick in after 15 minutes of being idle
  • Switch off at the end of the working day and weekends
  • Don't place near air conditioning unit
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Air Conditioning

Air conditioning

  • Don't open windows in an air conditioned office, they will cancel its effect
  • Don't place heat generating equipment such as printers and photocopiers near air conditioning units

Office kitchen

  • Install an up-to-date energy efficient fridge with an A-starred energy efficiency rating
  • Don't overfill the kettle, just boil enough water for your needs
  • Put a bowl in the sink, don't wash dishes under running water
  • Switch off lights when not required
  • Install motion detectors to switch off lights in unoccupied areas
  • Fit energy efficient lighting

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