Before you insist on everyone wearing thermals and a woolly hat in the office, check out our three simple tips for keeping control of your office heating bill whilst keeping everyone warm this winter. Temperature can be one of the main causes of tension in an office and people genuinely feel different. Nothing says Scrooge, like the boss who keeps the thermostat on the minimum setting, so balance employee wellbeing with a few cost-saving actions.
Get your boiler serviced
Regular servicing of your boiler can make a big difference to its efficiency. As fuel prices soar, a quick service costs peanuts compared to what you could be saving. If you have an old boiler think seriously about whether a replacement is worthwhile as technology has moved on fast. New boilers are significantly more efficient than a ten-year-old one and depending on your usage, you could recoup the investment much quicker than you think. If your office is rented, talk to your landlord or agent and negotiate the costs. It’s good to know if there are any energy-saving initiatives on the cards for the building before committing to any outlay.
Take control of your office heating bill with smart heating controls
Installing a smart thermostat or smart heating control system is a godsend for reducing heating bills. Beyond ensuring your heating is off at the weekend, there are set-ups that use motion sensors to detect when the last person leaves, reduce the hot water temperature and automatically adjust to the outdoor temperature. Once you really start analysing energy use you realise how much can be saved without staff even noticing, let alone being uncomfortable. A smart system will help you to get to grips with your office heating bill and discover what really makes a difference. Check out Tech Advisor’s Best Smart Thermostat 2022.
Turn down or turn off radiators in spaces people aren’t working in
Stationery doesn’t need to be kept warm. Storage spaces often have radiators and they certainly don’t need to be heated at the same level as the rooms people work in. Equally meeting rooms that are not in constant use shouldn’t be permanently heated. Make sure everyone knows that if they need the room warm they’ll need to turn on the radiators or request heating in advance. There may be initial grumbling but it’ll soon become second nature.