Get tips to make your office green
Friday, 03 May 2013 09:58


OFFICE workers in Somerset are this month (May, 2013) being encouraged to make their workplace more energy efficient as part of a national campaign.

During Green Office Week (May 13 until 17) people will be able to get tips about creating a more sustainable working environment from a solar panel installation company in the county.

Phil Grabham, Managing Director of Solar Systems, explained: "We are supporting Green Office Week and have come up with some tips on how office workers and business owners can make their workplace more energy efficient.

"It is important to make sure all computers are switched off at the end of the day. If they are left on overnight or during weekends it can cost a company on average an additional £20 per computer each year.

"If you haven't already, consider switching your lightbulbs to more energy efficient ones. Thirty-eight millimetre (mm) fluorescent tubes can be substituted for 26mm, which use 10% less energy.

"When buying new electronic equipment try to choose energy efficient models for example, during its lifetime the most energy efficient computer and printer could save a company up to £200 in electrical running costs when compared with the least energy efficient."

Green Office Week, which takes place from Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17, aims to raise awareness and provide practical and simple ideas so that people can make their workplace greener.

Phil added: "If you own the premises you work in or have a home office you could consider switching to a renewable power source such as solar panels.

"Business owners with large premises are often unaware of the savings that could be made by installing bigger solar arrays and that they can be a great investment. Non-capital options are also available, such as Power Purchase Agreements, where an investor installs the solar array and sells back electricity at an agreed low cost rate for 20 years.

"We have also developed Pluginsolarpanels, which can be used by people who have a home office to offset the power consumption of items such as computers.

"The panels can be mounted on outbuildings and garages or positioned freestanding in open spaces. They are then plugged into a 13amp socket and the power generated gets fed into the normal circuitry so solar energy is prioritised for use before drawing from the grid."

People who would like to get some tips and advice during Green Office Week, which takes place from Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17, can call the team at Solar Systems on 01823 481329 or tweet their queries via Twitter, www.twitter.com/solarsystems1.

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