If you own or work for a small business, it is unlikely that you have huge premises that you can adapt to your liking, but just because you can’t control insulation and other building-wide regulations, there are still many ways that you can save on your energy bills. According to ‘BusinessEnergy.com ’, it is estimated that the average business energy bill is now around £2,528 per year, which is a pretty sizeable amount to be giving out willy nilly. Just by putting a little thought into consumption reducing measures, your company’s energy bills could be drastically reduced without that much effort at all. Here’s a few ideas for you:
Make sure your computers are optimised
By setting up computers correctly you can drastically reduce the amount of electricity that they consume. It may also be worth looking into buying laptops over desktop computers where possible, as they use just a fraction of the electricity to begin with. One of the main areas in which energy is unnecessarily wasted is screensavers and sleep mode. When people leave their desk for more than a couple of minutes it is advisable to have settings activated on your computer that put it into sleep mode, as this uses a tiny portion of the electricity that would be used otherwise. This is also completely different to using a screensaver, which works on the same inactivity timer as sleep mode, but uses much more electricity.
Computers off at the end of the day
A simple one, making sure that all the computers are off during the night after everyone leaves is a crucial money saving practice. By leaving just one computer on standby between the hours of 5pm and 9am every day for a year, you’ll be paying around £60 per year extra on top of your bill, which multiplied over all the computers in your office, comes to a quite staggering figure for such a small thing.
Encourage one day’s work at home per week
Depending on the size and function of your workforce, you may want to consider implementing one day of the week in which everyone works at home, thus being able to close the office and eliminating pretty much all energy costs. With the vast developments in technology, almost every non-physical job in existence can be carried out from home now; you don’t even need to cancel your meetings: use Skype! It is also said that many employees actually work more productively from home from time to time, so not only will you be saving on costs, but gaining on workflow.
Switch your supplier
Switching energy supplier is not restricted to your home. Business clients can not only do the same, but can sometimes get even better deals due to their higher consumption levels. You can use the same process, using comparison tools or giving your supplier a call. Sometimes it can be better to talk directly to the company themselves if you have an exceptionally high usage, as you may actually be able to negotiate a better deal for your company. Your tariff will depend on a number of factors, including: location; size of company; type of business; credit rating; consumption; tariff type; and meter type. Location is rather important in any tariff, whether that be commercial or indeed residential. This is because of regionalised distribution networks and static charges that are in place across Great Britain. As such, you may find that prices in Manchester may be much cheaper than those in Canterbury.
Optimise your heaters and air con
Heating and cooling your office in times of uncomfortable temperatures is a necessity; however, the way in which you do this can be quite important. Often offices will overestimate the temperature change needed when setting the thermostat. The perfect temperature for office comfort and productivity is said to be between 20-21°C . Every degree above or below this is costing your company unnecessary amounts of money, each of which probably more than you would expect. It is also very important to make sure that your heating and air conditioning units are always working at full energy efficiency. You can assure this by getting regular services.
Install motion sensors
If you have rooms in your office that’s lights are frequently left on when nobody is using them, you may want to think about installing a few motion sensors. These are often much more effective than trying to remind employees with signage and verbal warnings and they do not cost that much to install. This strategy can save you money on your lighting by eliminating pointlessly lit up rooms.
Switch to LED light fixtures
With around a quarter of all electricity used in the office coming from lighting, it is extremely important to ensure that your fixtures are operating at full efficiency. Especially in older offices, it is frequently the case that older style light bulbs and strips are being used, which are highly inefficient in comparison to the technology that we have at our fingertips today. If we take filament incandescent bulbs as an example, which were perhaps the most common lighting type for many years, in comparison to LED lightbulbs, which are light emitting diodes, they use 90% more electricity, which means 90% more cash out of your pocket. Switching your light bulbs is not a hugely expensive process and will see an almost instant ROI.