Most SMEs understand that it’s wise to look around for the best business energy prices
, as utility bills can be one of the biggest variable costs they encounter.
However, it’s just as important to consider where your business is using energy the most and seeing whether you can reduce these costs. Of course, there’s a huge variety of different elements that affect your energy consumption, so it’s a good idea to examine each area for potential improvements. Begin with the most obvious and easiest to get you started and once you’ve begun to make effective changes, start looking at the more complicated and ‘bigger’ jobs.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re one of those people that always forgets to adjust the heating before they leave, you need one of these. It’s a simple way to regulate the temperature settings automatically and you can program the thermostat with most appropriate settings that for your business.
Use a business energy broker
Business energy brokers
act as intermediaries between business electricity and gas suppliers and energy consumers. Their role could be likened to that of an estate agent when you’re buying a property. Because they are independent, energy brokers can offer your company invaluable energy advice which can help lower energy bills and, in turn, your carbon footprint. It also frees up time for you to concentrate on what you do best.
Switch Off Computers!
All your computers should be switched off when not in use. If this is something you might forget to do, you can set a sleep mode that kicks in after a set period of inactivity. Handy for those who nod off on the job!
Energy Efficient Equipment
Plan to oust outdated and uneconomical equipment as soon as possible with energy efficient replacements. Like the argument for solar panels, the cost of the equipment may seem high initially but over the years it will more than pay for itself.
Plug Your Leaks
Leaky windows and doors waste energy and therefore money. Check them for cracks and holes and then simply use decorators’ caulk or filler to seal any you find.
Have A Commercial Utility Audit Carried Out
Many energy brokers will also offer a Commercial Utility Consultation to help identify ways you can reduce your energy bill. This will highlight areas where you can reduce your energy usage without affecting the day to day running of your business.