Once you know how much energy your business is using, you can work out what sort of energy efficiency measures to put in place.
If, for instance, you’re clocking up just a little more than the average annual electricity usage for a business of your size, you might only need to make a few minor adjustments, like turning the heating down a notch, not leaving the lights on in any unused rooms and making sure everyone switches off completely at the end of the day. Even if you’re paying just a little more than the average office electricity bill, these measures might be enough to bring your bills down.
But if you’re paying way over the average gas bill for a small business, you might need to implement some big changes, like replacing an old, inefficient boiler and fitting the workplace with double glazing to keep the heat in and the cold out.
It won’t come as a surprise that the more energy your business uses, the higher the figure on your gas and electricity consumption meters will rise and the more expensive your bills will be.
When putting together a strategy for reducing energy usage in your business, start off with the simple things, such as reminding staff to switch off lights when not in use, and making sure computers are properly shut down at the end of each day.
It might also be worth printing posters and hanging them up close to doors to remind people to switch off, or nominating someone to be responsible for flicking the switches at the end of each day.
Upgrading your office equipment to modern, energy efficient appliances is another way to save. If your business owns its own premises, you could go a step further and improve the insulation in the building or redesign floor layouts to maximise natural light.
These measures will require a certain level of investment but, over time, you may find that the savings made far outweigh the initial cost. For further information on how to reduce energy consumption in business, check out the GOV.UK energy efficiency guide.
Running a business energy comparison can often help you to find a better price per unit for your business and reduce the amount that you’re paying even further.
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