by Uma Campbell.
You may have heard of a smart home, but what about a smart office? More employers are embracing the concept of a smart office, which is a workspace with connected, remote controlled and automated features. How can your office benefit from these smart features? Is it easy to make the switch? Here’s everything you need to know:
Benefits of a Smart Office
Smart office features are designed to keep your work space’s energy use in check. You will no longer have to waste energy on lights left on after hours, or devices plugged in when they’re not in use. Therefore, a smart office not only can help reduce your company’s carbon footprint, but it can also lower monthly operating costs. Even if you have to make a small investment to make the switch to a smart office, the changes will pay for themselves over time because of the amount you will save on your monthly utility bills.
Besides the benefits of going green and saving money, a smart office can also help your employers feel more comfortable and motivated at work. The younger generation of employees wants to work for companies that are concerned with their impact on the environment. Making an effort to be more environmentally conscious with a smart office can help you attract and retain these valuable workers. Some smart office features, such as programmable thermostats, can also keep your employees more comfortable while they work, whether they care about the environment or not.
Shifting to a smart office is a win-win situation, since both the employer and employees will benefit from the change.
How to Turn Your Office Into A “Smart Office”
Now that you know why you should take the leap, how can you get started? One of the easiest ways to make your office smarter is installing a programmable thermostat. Program the thermostat to only turn on during working hours, so your heating and cooling system doesn’t waste energy when no one is around. This upgrade can be done without the help of a professional, so the only expense you will have is the cost of the new thermostat.
Then, make your office lighting smarter by using LED light bulbs, motion sensors and dimmer switches. LED light bulbs use 25-80% less energy than traditional bulbs, and they also last up to 25 times longer. Make sure you choose LED bulbs that will work with a dimmer switch, so you can then install one in your office. Let your employees adjust the lighting throughout the day to take advantage of any natural light. For example, they can turn the dimmer down around lunch when the sunlight is the strongest, but then turn it back up during the evening when there isn’t as much natural light. If you have employees in the office at all hours, you may want to consider using motion sensor lighting. This type of lighting will turn off if no motion is detected, so you don’t have to worry about someone leaving the lights on when they go home for the evening.
There are endless simple ways to get started transforming your office into a smart office. Why not start today?