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Reducing Energy Usage in a Leased Office: Business Insights

Going green in a rented space? Yes, it's possible! Discover practical steps for reducing energy usage in leased office spaces.
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TLDR: Businesses in leased office spaces often face challenges in implementing sustainability initiatives due to limited control over structural features and fixed energy suppliers. However, practical steps like upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, optimising office cooling, and adopting energy-saving policies can significantly reduce energy usage. Engaging with landlords about sustainable improvements and exploring renewable energy options can also enhance energy efficiency efforts.

Businesses operating from leased office spaces face unique challenges when it comes to implementing sustainability initiatives, especially around energy reduction. Limited control over structural features and fixed energy suppliers means typical emissions reduction strategies may not always apply. However, there are actionable steps that tenants can take to effectively reduce their energy usage and promote a more sustainable workplace.

Practical Energy-Saving Actions for Leased Offices

Equipment and Appliance Upgrades

  • Laptops vs. Desktops: Opt for laptops instead of desktop computers as they can consume up to 80% less electricity.
  • Energy-Efficient Kitchen Equipment: Replace old microwaves, coffee makers, and refrigerators with more efficient products.
  • LED Lighting: Switch out incandescent bulbs for LED alternatives, which use less energy and have a longer lifespan.

Optimising Office Cooling

  • Enhanced Airflow Solutions: Use portable fans to improve air circulation, reducing the need for air conditioning.
  • Temperature Control Policies: Set thermostats to a comfortable yet energy-efficient temperature and consider smart thermostats that adjust settings based on occupancy.
  • Dress Code Adjustments: Implement a more flexible dress code to allow for lighter clothing during warmer months, reducing the reliance on cooling systems.

Implementing Energy-Saving Policies

  • Power Management: Encourage employees to turn off equipment and lights when not in use. Employ power strips to ease the process of turning off multiple devices at the end of the day.
  • Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance for office equipment to ensure optimal energy efficiency.
  • Employee Engagement: Foster a culture of energy consciousness through regular communications and incentives for energy-saving behaviours.

Engaging with Landlords for Sustainable Improvements

  • Initiate the Conversation: Approach your landlord or building management about the importance of energy efficiency. Clearly communicate the mutual benefits, such as cost savings and enhanced property value.
  • Propose Specific Upgrades: Suggest specific changes like upgrading to energy-efficient HVAC systems or better insulation. Offer to share costs or highlight the potential for increased rental value.
  • Seek Renewable Energy Options: Discuss the possibility of integrating renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, especially if such improvements align with broader building sustainability goals.

Leveraging FutureTracker to Enhance Your Energy Efficiency Efforts

FutureTracker can play a crucial role in aiding businesses to navigate and maximise their energy reduction strategies within leased spaces:

Comprehensive Energy Audits: Utilise FutureTracker's tools to perform detailed energy audits that identify key areas for improvement.

Goal Setting and Progress Tracking: Set realistic energy reduction targets with FutureTracker’s guidance and track progress using sophisticated monitoring tools.

Reporting and Stakeholder Engagement: Generate and share reports on sustainability efforts to motivate teams and inform stakeholders about your initiatives.

By adopting these measures and utilising FutureTracker's resources, businesses in leased offices can not only achieve significant energy savings but also contribute to broader environmental goals.

To find out more about how FutureTracker can help your business, get in touch with as at or  book a demo here.

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