Spring is here and the days are getting longer, so now is the perfect time to start saving energy by maximising natural daylight and reducing artificial lighting.
Paying attention to lighting levels can reduce the amount of electricity you consume, whilst increasing the quality of light to retain or even improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of your employees.
Want to take part in the Spring Challenge? It takes just a couple of minutes to enter.
Why should I enter?
Have a chance to win an Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo
Two runners-up will win a solar charging power bank
Every participating company will receive a START2ACT energy saving starter pack and will be promoted throughout Europe on the START2ACT website and newsletter (see the previous challenge winners and participants below).
Terms and conditions apply.
How do we take part?
|STEP 1||STEP 2||STEP 3|
|Take a photo or film a video clip of how your company reduces the need for lighting||Write a description of the action(s) - just a sentence or a short paragraph||Email step 1 and step 2 to email@example.com* or send it to @START2ACT using #S2Achallenge on Twitter or Facebook|
The competition is open now and will close on Friday 15 June 2018.
What can my company do to save energy on lighting?
Come up with your own ideas to reduce your lighting use and bills in your office, or use the suggestions below as inspiration.
Every idea is a good idea, whether it’s a simple action or a more advanced project.
- Conduct a walk round: Walk round the office in the morning, at midday and in the evening to record which lights are left on unnecessarily
- Label light switches that can be turned off by all staff: Especially in infrequently occupied areas such as meeting rooms, storerooms and bathrooms. Download the START2ACT stickers on the START2ACT website.
- Implement a switch-off schedule: Who is the last person to leave the building every evening? Ensure that cleaners and late workers know which switches they need to turn off on their way out.
- Ensure furniture is not blocking light sources: Move tall cupboards and filing cabinets away from windows, and don’t place them directly under lights.
- Remove excess lighting: When furniture cannot be moved, or lighting levels are too high, consider removing bulbs from unnecessary light fittings for immediate energy savings.
- Clean windows and light fittings: Without regular maintenance lighting levels can fall by up to 30% in 2-3 years, which reduces the ability of employees to work effectively and causes additional use of artificial lighting.
Use these initial tips to get inspired and come up with your own ideas of how to save energy. You can visit the START2ACT Knowledge Base to read more tips on how to save energy at work and at home.
Check out the latest information on the hottest energy topics for SMEs on our Forum.
Assessment and prize giving
Entries will be evaluated based on three criteria:
- Involvement (number of actions that you completed within the timeframe)
- Commitment (how much commitment the actions required, including involving staff members and complexity of the actions)
- Creativity (whether new energy saving ideas were used that weren’t included on the list above)
The winner will be announced on Friday 29 June 2018. All participants will be sent their START2ACT energy saving starter pack within four weeks of providing their postal address.
*Email submissions may be shared on the START2ACT website and on social media. If you do not want your submission to be shared, please state this within your email.