With spring in full swing and, hopefully, brighter days for the foreseeable future, now would be a perfect time to take a look into becoming more energy efficient and seeing some savings on your business electricity bills. While British Gas offer some incredible tariffs for business owners, there are always ways of improving your energy consumption, which will then be reflected in your monthly payment.
While the recent Co-operative case study showed an incredible energy saving of £50million by replacing the open fridges in its stores with ones with doors, there are plenty of ways for smaller businesses to make noticeable savings each month.
As the days warm up and that golden globe in the sky comes out from behind the clouds, now is a perfect time to make the most of the natural warmth.
Being sat in the office during the winter months will inevitably require upping the thermostat by a degree or two but with summer just around the corner, reducing the temperature again can help save up to 10% on energy bills.
The hour went forward weeks ago, but have you amended the heating system to reflect it? Save an hour on your heating bill every day by adjusting to settings to coincide with the working hours.
Did you know that lighting can account for up to 40% of a business’ electricity bill? While good lighting is crucial, encouraging your staff to switch off lights in rooms that only have occasional use (e.g. bathrooms, kitchens and storage rooms) can help save substantially. Create some sort of incentive to try and ensure they keep to the targets.
Try and let in as much natural light as possible. Keep windows and skylights clean and avoid the use of curtains and keep any obstructions at bay. The more natural light in the office means less artificial lighting required.
Research occupancy sensors which can help save up to 30% on electricity costs. If you installed sensors that meant lighting was only used if the area was occupied, you could save a fortune – it all adds up to a more cost-efficient business this spring!
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