If your business is paying too much for its gas and electricity, there could be some simple changes that would allow you to reduce your business energy usage and save money.
Lighting, heating, and powering equipment can make up a significant portion of a company’s overheads. Here, you can find 5 simple changes that can help you save on business energy.
1. Understand your energy usage
The first step to reducing your energy costs is to understand your usage. If you don’t know where you’re wasting energy, you won’t get the most from any changes you make.
The best place to start for most companies is with an energy audit. Your audit can be carried out yourself by simply taking a walk around your premises. You should check for any air leaks around doorways, identify the types of light bulbs you use, and check your appliances and machinery.
Employing a specialist firm to carry out an energy audit can involve either a site visit or an over the phone consultation. In both cases, your business will be provided with an action plan outlining how you can reduce your energy consumption and the cost of making the suggested changes.
2. Go energy-efficient
Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce your energy costs.
LED light bulbs last on average 5 times longer than traditional halogen light bulbs and produce much less heat than their traditional counterparts.
You can also check the age and efficiency of the equipment you use as a business, from IT equipment and kitchen appliances to the machinery your business relies on.
Upgrading older, less-efficient equipment and ensuring you have a maintenance plan in place can help to reduce your energy consumption and bring costs down.
3. Break bad habits
Many businesses are guilty of leaving equipment on or on standby outside of working hours. Devices left on standby mode are still consuming energy and costing your business money.
A business leaving just 10 laptops continuously on standby could be wasting more than £1,500 a year in energy costs.
When you add in the costs of leaving on lights, printers, microwaves, and any other machinery, there could be significant savings available for implementing a simple change.
4. Get your staff involved
The success of your changes will depend on the involvement of your staff. So, it’s important to think about ways in which you can involve your staff in your energy-saving plans.
The first step is to communicate to staff the changes you are planning to put in place and let them know how they can help you achieve this. A simple measure can be to place posters around the premises informing staff that small changes can make a big difference.
5. Compare energy prices
For any business seeking to reduce their energy costs, it’s important to compare energy prices to discover whether you are on the best deal. Any energy-saving measures you put in place could be wasted if you are overpaying for your gas and electricity.
If you haven’t renegotiated your energy contract for a while, you may have been moved to out of contract rates. These can be around 80% more expensive than negotiated deals for small businesses.
The quickest way to check whether you’re paying too much for your business energy is to use the Love Energy Savings energy comparison calculator.