Practical tips for heating

  • Reduce the temperature by one degree: 20 ° C instead of 21 ° C. Lowering the thermostat by one degree saves 7% of fuel. However, do not increase the temperature difference between 20 ° C and 16 ° C: the building will cool down too much and it will take more energy to warm it up.
  • If your business has few employees, group several in one room. You will save some heating days.
  • Switch the thermostat to night mode one hour before employees leave the office. Comfort will be equal and you will save energy without realizing it.
  • Avoid clogging the radiators. Do not put objects on them, do not cover them, and do not place a desk or wardrobe in front of them. The heat can circulate freely.
  • Close the doors between the different rooms. A simple gesture, but effective.
  • In the evening, close the curtains and / or lower the blinds, screens or shutters. The heat will stay inside.
  • Air the rooms every day for a quarter of an hour by opening the window.Be sure to turn off the heat. You will consume less energy than if you leave the windows open permanently in oscillating position.
  • Designate an energy manager. This person must ensure every night that all doors and windows are closed.
  • Communicate clearly about energy consumption. Display a user manual (eg heating or air conditioning), a notice (eg thermostat programming hours) or an overview (eg consumption statistics).
  • Isolate pipes in unheated rooms. Affix the insulation properly and tightly.
  • Place a reflective screen or aluminum foil behind the radiators that are against an outside wall.  The heat is then reflected and not absorbed by the wall.
  • Regularly drain the radiators. Purge them preferably at the beginning of the cold season. If the radiators contain air, they do not heat up to 100%. Bleeding the radiators increases their efficiency.
  • Decrease the temperature in poorly used rooms. You will save a lot of money! Be sure to keep the building free from frost (± 6 ° C).
  • Place anti-draft seals. Seal the gaps and slots under the doors or at the flap box level with anti-draft seals. There are many models, very easy to affix.
  • Avoid using an electric auxiliary heater. These devices consume a lot and come back very expensive!
  • Install effective sun protection to reduce the consumption of conditioned air. In rooms with sun protection, the indoor temperature is often 4 to 6 ° C lower than rooms that do not have them.
  • In summer, avoid using portable air conditioners. A small 1,400 W air conditioner can quickly boost annual consumption by 700 kWh.
  • Do you plan to replace your boiler? Opt for a condensing boiler with natural gas.  This type of boiler is much less energy consuming. In addition, you recover your investment in a relatively short time.

Practical tips for lighting

  • Light only if necessary. Turn off the light as soon as you leave a room. The most economical bulb is one that is not lit!
  • Never paint fluorescent tubes or frames.  The luminous intensity of a painted light bulb decreases considerably. You will find colored bulbs in specialized stores.
  • Make the most of daylight. Sunlight is free.
  • Do not stick posters on the windows of a room. This prevents natural light from entering, which forces you to artificially light up, and therefore consume more.
  • Use as much as possible economical, fluorescent and LED bulbs. Opt for the lowest wattage and longest life.
  • Choose Energy Label A bulbs.  For example, replace your old 40-watt (400 lumens) incandescent bulbs with 6-watt (400 lumens) LED bulbs.
  • Replace old halogen bulbs with LED bulbs. Halogen bulbs consume more because much of their energy is lost in the form of heat.
  • Install a detector or timer. The light does not remain unnecessarily lit (corridors, toilets, cellar, etc.).
  • Paint the walls and ceilings in light colors. The light colors reflect between 60 and 90% of the light. If you opt for darker colors, you will need to turn on faster.