4 Tips to Make Your Office Greener & More Efficient

We’ve talked previously about going green around the office, which benefits the environment and your bottom line. Today, we want to give you some ideas for new tech that you can incorporate into your office to help minimize your environmental impact while saving money and increasing efficiency.

These devices add a touch of the digital world to things like your office plants or your thermostat, bringing unprecedented levels of control and automation to your workplace. They eliminate some tasks, simplify or streamline others, and generally make your place of business a more productive and more enjoyable place to work

#1: Smart Energy Monitors Keep the Electric Bill Down and Productivity Up

Smart energy monitors connect to individual devices or to major circuits in your office to help you monitor energy usage while allowing you to activate or deactivate devices as needed. These devices allow onsite or remote monitoring of all the energy your business uses. They can even break down energy usage by the device if each device has its monitor.

Now, we’ll be the first to say that having more data available is never bad, and your electrical usage is no exception. Most businesses and organizations forward the power bill to accounts payable monthly and write it off as a cost of doing business without a second thought. Monitoring energy usage with intelligent monitoring plans and digital monitoring devices gives you an idea of what’s driving up your utility costs and how to change that.

By doing this, you can save money on your monthly energy bill, but more importantly, it allows you to lessen your impact on the environment by cutting back on the resources you use.

These devices are also key to managing alternative energy sources like wind and solar that you may be using to offset your power usage. They help to get the renewable energy these systems create to the devices that need it with the minimum amount of waste. After all, if you’re going to put solar panels on the roof of your building or wind turbines in the parking lot, wouldn’t it be nice to get the most out of those installations?

#2: Smart Thermostats Keep Your Workers Comfortable and Curtail One of the Biggest Energy Drains

A programmable or learning thermostat like the Honeywell Lyric or the Google Nest can make managing the temperature in your office a breeze. These thermostats allow you to change the temperature remotely, which can be useful. Still, more importantly, they allow for much finer control over your central heating and air conditioning.

With a smart thermostat, you can manage your HVAC remotely, but you can also get away with not managing it at all. The Nest learning thermostat tracks usage patterns and eventually changes the temperature without needing input. This is great for managing the temperature without starting inter-office squabbles over the thermostat settings.

Beyond avoiding a revolt in the accounting department over control of the AC, smart thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature based on the number of people in the office. Closing early on a Friday? Smart thermostats can detect when everyone is logged off their workstations and adjust the furnace or air conditioner to save money. Opening up early? Your thermostat will start heating or cooling the office earlier than usual to bring things to a comfortable temperature.

 

#3: Office Plants and Garden Initiatives Oxygenate The Building and Provide Added Benefits To Employees

Office plants oxygenate the room, which has a whole host of benefits. They filter the air. They make people happier. We think you get the point; office plants are pretty great. What’s decidedly less awesome is having to take care of office plants.

Automated watering systems eliminate the difficulty of maintaining an in-office garden or other office plants. This means that no matter how bad your employees are at caring for plants, they stay alive, and you have a nice team-building exercise in your office.

If you go all out and grow herbs or vegetables in the office, you have the added benefit of letting employees take home a tangible benefit of their hard work in the form of fresh basil or a tomato. It’s a fun way to get employees talking and involved with their colleagues in a way that doesn’t involve work, and it brings your employees closer together. This is made far easier with automatic watering and soil monitoring systems that take all guesswork out of keeping office plants alive.

 #4: Smart Office Security Makes Keeping Your Employees and Your Assets Safe Easier Than Ever

Security at the workplace is something everyone should take seriously. Fortunately, with a few smart devices, maintaining office security is easier than ever. Here are some devices that can make your business safer more secure, and more capable of recovering from a disaster:

These technologies go a long way towards keeping your business safe from man-made and natural catastrophes, making your office a more productive workplace. Any business can take advantage of automation, and there are a million small ways to start automating your office with smart tech today.

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