The nights are
drawing in, Christmas is fast approaching and the goose may be getting fat, but
with the colder weather comes bigger energy bills. Not only does a poor energy
usage strategy increase outgoing costs, but it also affects the environment and
contributes to climate change. With a bit of careful planning, you can reduce
the amount of money you’re spending on heating, and you can also do your bit to
help reduce your impact on the environment, and
business has a huge role to play here. Here are a few ways to improve your energy
Make sure you
use your thermostat correctly
It might seem
obvious at home, but in your business location, always make sure that your
thermostat is appropriately placed. If it is in direct sunlight or next to a
heater of some sort or in a damp or draughty corner, then it isn’t going to
read the true temperature correctly.
Make sure it’s
set correctly on a seven-day plan; your place of work may not be habited every
day of the week, so you don’t need to be spending on heating on those days.
control of your lighting options
Light bulbs have
come a long way in the last ten years, and you can save a lot of money by switching out your old
bulbs for more
modern, compact fluorescent bulbs that will actually give you more light over a
longer time for less money. Don’t forget how bad people are at turning lights
off too. With automated motion detectors placed in high traffic, dark corners
(bathrooms, storage areas, etc.), you can ensure that money and energy aren’t
power, and with a smart meter installed, knowledge is power saving! Rather than
relying on high tariff, estimated bills get yourself in control of the
situation with an upgraded meter that allows you to see what your energy
consumption looks like in real-time. This will also make it a lot easier to get
employees and colleagues engaged and on-board with your energy-saving strategy.
you’re getting the best deal
most efficient use of your power, spend time making sure you are on the best
deal and with the right supplier for your needs. At the very least talk to your
existing supplier and make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
With so many gas and electricity suppliers out there vying for your business
these days, you should absolutely be comparing the market to find the right
plan. This can be a time-consuming exercise, so make use of a specialist
service to help you make the right choice: Tritility is a great example of an expert
company that can help reduce your business’ energy costs.
With a few
immediate changes to your equipment and energy plan allied to longer term
energy-saving initiatives, you will soon start to see an impact on your company
wallet. Don’t forget to keep staff engaged and involved, continuously review
your plan and invite feedback, so you are always working towards more energy
efficiency and more savings.