What Consumes the Most Electricity in an Office?

Even on standby mode, many appliances can use a lot more power than you realise. From air-conditioners to printers, computers and lights, your office needs electricity to survive. As any business who has dealt with the effects of load shedding knows, things can come to a complete stand-still when there is no power. 

There are many ways to reduce electricity usage, including solutions such as utility management and remote metering. Having a better understanding of the appliances that drain energy in an office can also be extremely helpful. 

Appliances That Drain Energy in the Office

On any given workday, multiple appliances are used across the office and in workplace kitchens and common areas. When the day ends and employees leave the office, many appliances continue to use power, even if they are on standby or not being used. Over time, this can use up a surprising amount of electricity. Developing habits that educate employees and managers on reducing daily costs can make a big difference in saving power costs over time. The first step is to know which appliances use the most energy.

Some of the main appliances that consume energy in the office include the following:

  • Air-conditioning units
  • Projectors
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Fridges
  • Photocopiers (standby)
  • Light bulbs
  • Printers (standby)
  • Desk fans
  • Kettles
  • Outdated appliances

Practices that can make a difference in saving power costs include unplugging or turning off machines such as printers and photocopiers at the wall rather than leaving them in standby mode. Changing over to energy-efficient lightbulbs can also help. In the summer months, consider using overhead fans rather than blasting air-conditioners. Always make sure that appliances are fully serviced and working as they should. Make sure that laptop and phone chargers are never left plugged on overnight. Updating to energy-efficient office appliances can also help to save power. 
Looking for a comprehensive solution that saves you power costs? Energy Management Solutions is here to help. Contact us to learn more about reducing electricity in the office.