A business owner is always looking for ways to reduce costs and improve profits, especially at this time. When current domestic and business energy costs are rising substantially, there are ways you can make a significant impact and reduce your energy bills. The more energy-efficient your business is, the more you will save each month on your likely rising utility bills. You can make your business more energy efficient by following these simple steps, or contact us today on 029 20 484114.
Business Energy Saving Tips
Arrange an energy audit with your energy supplier
One of the best things you can do to save energy at your business is to request an energy audit. Professional boiler service companies can identify areas in which your business wastes energy through your systems and pipes and suggest improvements. Thus increasing the efficiency of your systems which will result in reduced energy bills and a more efficient business overall.
Switch to the most affordable energy supplier
Another way to make your business more energy-efficient is by switching to a more affordable energy supplier. There are lots of suppliers available, and often you’ll find a supplier that will offer you more competitive as well as fixed rates. Fluctuation costs are tricky to manage if you don’t know each month what you will need to pay so fixing is often a good option. This can save you money on your energy bills and help you to run your business more efficiently. Investing in solar panels or other renewable energy sources can also help you reduce your carbon footprint which is something we should all e thinking about
Get an expert to fully insulate your business property
It is also important to ensure that your walls, roof, windows, and doors are fully insulated to reduce your energy costs. Your energy costs will be significantly reduced if you reduce the heat that escapes or the cold that enters your property. Investing in this will pay off in the long run. You can arrange for a local company to come and find out which parts of your property are well insulated and which need improvement, this includes your roof, walls, doors and windows.
Ask your energy supplier to install a smart meter
The recent increases in energy costs for both businesses and homeowners make it imperative for you to save money on your business’s energy bills. You can save resources and improve employee morale by taking some simple steps that can significantly impact your bottom line. You can save a lot of energy by installing a smart meter in your business. By tracking your energy use with your smart meter, you will be able to see when you are using more or less and make changes to reduce your energy costs.
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Make your equipment and lighting more efficient
In addition to upgrading equipment and lighting, businesses can also reduce energy costs by upgrading to more energy-efficient models. Although this can be a substantial investment, it will be worth it in the long run with lower energy bills. Further reducing your carbon footprint may be possible by installing solar panels or other renewable energy sources.
Make your employees aware of the importance of energy conservation
Educating your employees about energy conservation and how they can help is a beneficial way of saving energy in your business. Educate them on how small changes can make a big difference, such as turning off lights and computers when leaving a room. Consider implementing an employee incentive program to reward those who come up with the best ideas and save the most energy and ask them for their suggestions on how to reduce your business’s energy costs.
Turn off appliances when not in use in the day and overnight
When appliances are left on standby, it wastes energy and adds to your electricity bill. When not in use, ask your team to turn them off at the socket. Besides appliances, turn off lights when you leave a room, close doors to keep heat in, and only boil as much water as you need and avoid reboiling.
Reduce your business travel costs
Energy consumption, carbon emissions, and costs associated with business travel can be significant. If you reduce business travel expenses, you can save a lot of money on your business expenses. Encourage employees to use video conferencing and other remote communication methods instead of travelling to meetings and let them know this will help to reduce your business costs and carbon emissions to support the environment ensuring everyone knows they are doing their bit.
Consider the weather
To save energy in the summer, open your windows and turn off the air conditioner when it’s not too hot. To reduce heating costs in the winter, ask your teams to dress warmly and lower the thermostat. The best way to keep the heat in during the winter is to keep windows and doors closed. Throughout the year, pay attention to weather forecasts to plan and reduce your business’s energy consumption. In winter, it isn’t necessary to run your heating constantly or at specific times. Make someone responsible for planning ahead and executing your plan and this will support your business to reduce your energy costs.
Turn your thermostat down
A single degree of thermostat control can save a huge amount of money each year, even though it is a bone of contention for many employees.
We’re not suggesting you turn down the thermostat to the point where everyone is freezing and your place of work no longer meets legal requirements; instead, turn it down a notch or two, ask your employees about this and explain to them that this will save you money and save the environment. When your team members are satisfied with the temperature and feel involved, you will have a positive work environment.
When lights aren’t in use, ask your team to turn them off
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy in your business is to turn off lights when they are not needed. This can make a big difference in your energy consumption and is a really easy change for your team to make and be conscious of.
Arrange team training & consider incentives
Put together a briefing and or training plan for your team showing them how easy it is to conserve energy by making small changes. You may also consider implementing an employee incentive program to reward your team for saving energy and achieving a target.
Organise a team to manage your company’s energy conservation plan and communicate your progress
The first step to reducing your company’s energy usage is to put together a team that is responsible for implementing the necessary changes. Your operational team should include team members from all relevant departments within your organisation, including facilities, accounting, finance, operations, marketing, and sales. This team can develop specific plans for their respective areas, involve and engage their teams, provide feedback on how their actions are contributing to the plan, and ensure that the energy conservation goals of your business are achieved.
If you need advice or an assessment of your heating and cooling systems, please contact us at 029 20 484114 so that we can schedule a time and date that is convenient for you. To help you reduce your energy costs, our expert team will assess your systems and give you recommendations, advice, and support.
BPS Facilities offer commercial services for business in Wales and the South West.