9 tips to reduce your Audio Visual energy consumption
Audio Visual energy consumption may not be something you have previously considered, but as energy prices have soared organisations everywhere are looking at ways of reducing costs. In the office environment lighting and HVAC ( Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning ) are the most energy hungry systems, but the growth in use of AV technology means its energy footprint is not insignificant.
Our AV Consultants are always looking at ways to design efficient AV solutions, but in this blog we would like to share some tips on how you can reduce AV energy consumption in your workplace.
1. Make the most of Meeting and Desk Booking Solutions
Many people solely associate AV with Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms and other video conference rooms, but today AV technology extends far beyond into all office spaces. And meeting and desk booking systems can make a big difference to the efficiency of your office utilisation and help reduce energy consumption.
Occupancy management contributes to an efficient workplace
Combining room & desk booking systems with room sensors it is possible to measure your office’s occupancy so you know when and how space is actually being used. That data can help you:
- Only power rooms, office areas and / or floors that are being used
- The advent of hybrid working means that office use varies considerably, but you can use meeting and desk booking technology and data to help you turn off unnecessary power and reduce active office space to match demand.
- Match room size to meeting size
- Booking room systems with room capacity data can ensure that appropriately sized meeting rooms are used. Heating a smaller space saves energy.
- Maximise your existing space
- You might find from the data that your employees have less demand for large scale meeting and more for spontaneous small meetings, which means you can reduce the number of large meeting rooms and provide more small rooms, with less demands on power
- Reduce your office estate, thereby reducing energy costs
- You may find that you simply don’t need as much space, so you can reduce your estate, which reduces energy costs amongst other overheads.
2. Use display controllers to reduce audio visual energy consumption in meeting rooms
On entering a meeting room the lights may automatically turn on, but if the meeting is not a video conference meeting why have the display power up? Integrating a display controller into your meeting room set up means that your display will only power up when it detects an active signal form a source device, automatically reducing your audio visual energy consumption.
3. Buy premium AV equipment with better energy consumption
Not only does this provide a better TCO but it also reduces disposal rate, providing a more sustainable choice. Look out for use of energy labelling systems to help you make your choice:
4. Use the full capabilities of current AV equipment
Modern AV equipment is feature-rich, so make sure that you are turning on / using features that can help reduce energy consumption, such as:
- Screens – make use of ECO / idle modes
- Room sensors – utilise room sensors and the sensors built into meeting room controllers to manage occupancy, temperature, humidity and air quality
5. Digital Signage is a source of high audio visual energy consumption
Digital signage is a powerful tool to help you make your office a better and more productive place to work, but LED screens are particularly energy hungry, so here are some tips to help minimise energy consumption:
- Don’t run signage so bright when it’s not necessary
- Use existing brightness sensors – In some estimates going from 100% to 70% can reduce energy consumption by 20%
- Turn stuff off (all the way off)
- Use existing timer or control system technology to turn digital signage off out of hours
- Create more sustainable digital signage content
- Use darker shades which use less energy than brighter shades
- Less is more when it comes to motion content
- Use more energy efficient digital signage components
- Use displays with native signage capabilities
- Or use fan-less media players, OPS (open pluggable specification) devices that don’t need a separate power supply for driving content
- Or even just more efficient network infrastructures for delivering content and monitoring signage status and performance
- Use the appropriate pixel pitch
- The finer the pixel pitch, the more energy an LED display requires – and this is not always necessary
- Ask an AV Integrator for advice on what is the right pitch for your specific application
6. Use digital signage to share energy saving messages
Whilst digital signage can be a high energy consumer it can also help reduce office energy use through communication use:
- Share energy savings data from your corporate energy savings initiatives
- Share energy savings tips with your employees
7. Save on travel with effective AV
A reduction on travel helps with corporate sustainability targets, but it does also present an opportunity to be more efficient with the energy use of your AV equipment:
- Remote working
- Providing your colleagues with the option to work from home saves on travel, but in turn provides the opportunity to reduce energy consumption in your office
- Reduction in face to face meetings
- Face to face meeting with customers, partners and colleagues are extremely important, but understand if they are always necessary and if there are any reasons your colleagues are not using video meetings? Is it your office AV? Do your meeting rooms have terrible acoustics? Are they not equipped for the VC platforms used by customers?
8. Consider projectors and ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) screens
Instead of a traditional pro display or screen and projector set up in some of your rooms, why not consider a short throw projector with an ALR screen? Having the projector closer to the screen saves energy.
9. Link your AV to your BEMS (Business Energy Management System)
Speak to your facilities management team about connecting your AV estate to their systems to help monitor and manage energy usage – it all adds up.
Audio visual energy consumption needn’t be so high
Whilst lighting and HVAC have a bigger energy consumption footprint than audio visual energy consumption, we think it important to factor in energy saving to our AV installations. We hope that you found this blog useful and can see ways that you can reduce your AV energy consumption. In the words of The UK’s biggest grocer, “every little helps!”
Speak to an expert
MVS Audio Visual is a commercial AV Integrator with a passion for anything audio visual. If you want to talk to one of our AV experts about how you can make your current AV estate more efficient, or to help plan an energy efficient new AV installation, please get in touch.