In the heart of winter, CFOs may dread looking at damage caused by their company’s heating bill. But even the smallest adjustments to the thermostat can save some major cash.
Consider getting together with your facilities manager to see if any of these steps are feasible:
- Find the right setting. Most offices set the thermostat at around 74 degrees, but is it necessary to go that high? If you spy employees walking around in short sleeves come winter, then it’s definitely worthwhile to try fiddling with the temperature.
- Tread lightly with temperature changes. When it comes to changing the temp in your office, heed the advice of Dr. Leo Marvin in “What about Bob” and take baby steps. Even an adjustment of one degree on the thermostat over an eight-hour period can yield noticeable savings. Plus, lowering the temp slowly will make it complaints from staffers less likely.
- Practice strategic changes. If adjusting the thermostat in the high-traffic areas of your building is out of the question, try dropping the temp more in lesser-used areas — and watch the savings add up.
Does your company have a strategy for lowering the heating bill in the winter? Share it with us in the Comments section.