Published on 18/09/2019
With autumn upon us and winter just around the corner, energy costs can ramp up, with one third of SME businesses reporting the cost of energy as a barrier to growth.
Did you know many businesses could reduce their energy bills by 18-25% by installing energy efficiency measures, with many of them at no cost?
There are lots of straightforward actions business owners can take to reduce their energy bills. Many of these are simple steps and practices that won’t break the bank and while others might need some investment, they'll pay for themselves in just a few years.
Keeping on top of your energy costs can be a struggle for some business owners, so we created this list to help you cut your bills with just a few easy steps.
This will not only help you to reduce your energy bills, but could also help your business reduce its carbon footprint.
The higher the thermostat the higher your bills are. On average, heating costs increase by 8% for every 1°C. That means, turning the temperature down by 2°C could help you save £160 on £1,000 bill.
We don’t get to enjoy the sunshine in autumn and winter that often in the UK, so if there is any, make sure you take advantage.
Make sure your windows are not obstructed by furniture or filing cabinets. Natural light will reduce the amount of light you need in the office and can also make your office warmer. Also, who doesn’t love a bit of sunshine...?
30% of heating costs could be saved by preventing cold air coming into the building.
Occupancy sensors could help you cut your energy bill by 30%. If you are unable to install motion sensors, you could consider the following to reduce your bills:
It won’t surprise you to hear that energy efficient light bulbs can help reduce the amount of energy you use and they last longer too, but did you know that the savings are potentially huge - LED bulbs use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last 40 times longer.
Just like a car requires regular maintenance, you should make sure you maintain your boiler or air conditioners. This will help to ensure they are running efficiently and keep cost down.
Book in regular maintenance checks to make sure they don’t let you down when you need them most.
Appoint one person to be responsible for making sure you’re doing everything you can to improve the energy efficiency in your business.
Every few months, your Green Champion should carry out checks on energy habits within the business and produce a report.
Even if you do everything mentioned above, you can’t sustain it without the support of your staff.
Educate, train and encourage staff to help to maintain these practises.
Introduce it as part of your induction training to your new employees so they understand their responsibilities.
Take the time to check what rates you’re paying for your energy to see if you could negotiate a better deal. It’s estimated that one in ten businesses are paying over the odds on expensive deemed tariffs, which are often as much as 80% more expensive than a negotiated fixed term deal.
If you find you’re on a deemed rate, or are coming to the end of your fixed term, visit our business energy page to find out if we can help you to cut your energy bills.
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