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The Surprising Link Between Energy Efficiency and Worker Performance

You want to cut costs and improve productivity. Can energy efficiency measures help you achieve both business goals?


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In today's fast-paced and competitive business world, companies are always looking for ways to boost employee productivity. While there are many factors that can impact worker performance, one area that is often overlooked is energy efficiency in the workplace. Surprisingly, there is a strong connection between energy efficiency and employee performance, and companies that invest in energy-saving measures can reap significant benefits beyond their energy budget.

HVAC systems: comfort and health

One major factor behind this connection is the impact of HVAC systems on employee comfort and health. For example, inadequate heating or cooling can lead to discomfort, causing workers to be distracted or irritable. However, even though it may cost a little more energy up front running a well-designed and energy-efficient HVAC system that can maintain comfortable temperature and humidity levels, the reduced health issues such as headaches and respiratory problems and productivity increase will save money and energy overall.

What you should do. Have your HVAC system cleaned and inspected regularly by a qualified professional. If your system is older or in need of repair, consider upgrading to a new, energy-efficient system. Electric heat pumps provide high-efficiency space conditioning and humidity control year-round, without the onsite combustion emissions associated with fuel-fired furnaces or boilers.

Lighting: visibility and performance

Another factor behind the link between energy efficiency and employee performance is the impact of lighting on mood and productivity. Research has shown that exposure to natural light can improve mood and cognitive function, while poor lighting can lead to eye strain, headaches and decreased productivity.

What you should do. Upgrade to high-efficiency LED lighting. LEDs provide improved light quality and can be tuned to better match people’s circadian rhythms. Also, install daylight sensors with lighting controls to optimize your lit environment by taking advantage of natural lighting. This can help create a more healthy, comfortable and productive workplace.

The impact of energy costs on your employees

Finally, consider the impact of energy costs on employee well-being. When energy costs are high, businesses may be forced to trim back on other areas, such as salaries and benefits, which can in turn reduce employee happiness and motivation. By implementing energy-saving measures, you can reduce your operating costs, freeing up money to invest in your number one asset — your workforce.


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