During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit that the Kambo team would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy festive season and a prosperous new year.
Why not take these few easy steps this December so you can treat yourself to low energy bills in the new year. Here are our top tips for being energy efficient over the holiday period:
Before leaving for the holidays get someone to do a walk-through of your facility to check all non-essential electrical items are unplugged. We recommend turning off vending machines with non-perishable items, fridges, and automatic coffee machines. Coffee machines are energy intensive as they constantly keep a reserve of heated water.
It’s worth reminding all staff to turn their computers off during the holiday break including peripherals such as printers. This is also a good time to think about implementing a policy of turning desktops off at night.
If you want to take your savings a step further you can install timers on energy intensive equipment and appliances to save energy all year.
The holiday break is a great time to sign up for a BC Hydro My Hydro account so you can view your consumption online hour-by-hour. This is an ideal time to see what your building uses when no one is around so you can determine what uses the power in off-hours. It may surprise you how much power is used in your absence.
There’s no sense heating a facility with no occupants so turn down your heating before leaving for the holidays. We recommend a minimum temperature of 7C as this is enough to make sure that pipes do not freeze.
If you have a programmable thermostat, switch the settings to away to prevent the thermostat from reverting back to its programming schedule.
Before leaving for the holidays have someone go around the facility and make sure that supplementary heat sources such as baseboard heaters are turned all the way down. These are usually controlled by a dial on the equipment and can very often be turned all the way up and left on. These are often used in stairwells.
Make sure to choose LED Christmas lights as these are energy efficient and also safer as they don’t generate heat. Turn off any Christmas decorations that light up when you leave at night. They may look pretty, but if you’re not there to enjoy them there is no need to pay for them.
Alternative Idea: Encourage your team to wear ugly Christmas sweaters like we did, if they wear them enough you might be able to turn your heat down!