Energy Efficiency

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 1237–1252 | Cite as

Exploring employee energy efficiency awareness in UK commercial offices: IT and small power

  • Jessica MorrisEmail author
  • Sonja Oliveira
Original Article


Energy consumption reduction is called upon across UK business facilities in order to mitigate the rising impacts of climate change. Business facilities such as office buildings rely on a range of electrical equipment on a day-to-day basis (Carbon Trust 2005b). However, it is not always appreciated how much electrical equipment can cost a company (Carbon Trust 2005b). The need for businesses to assess their current office energy use and seek ways to significantly improve their energy efficiency and energy cost is increasing (Pellegrini-Masini and Leishman 2011).

The implementation and effectiveness of energy-efficient measures within a commercial office environment is reported as a key to the success of improving a business’ energy efficiency (DECC 2012; Westminster Sustainable Business Forum 2013). Office electrical equipment can be responsible for up to 30% of total energy consumption. Using equipment more efficiently is suggested to enable a difference to energy use...


Commercial offices Behaviour Energy efficiency Employee awareness Small power 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BSSECBathUK
  2. 2.Department of Architecture and the Built EnvironmentUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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