Saving Energy at Work Saving Energy at Work

You’d be amazed at how a few small changes can result in big savings on your business gas and electricity bills.

One thing’s for certain you know you’d like to pay less for your business utilities. But, are you unsure of how your business really uses its power and water, or of how much it’s actually consuming? If so, you’re not alone. As many as half of all senior managers have no idea what proportion of their business expenditure goes on energy costs.

Here are a few simple things you can do to cut your business energy consumption

  • Install a smart meter. It will help you keep track of the energy you’re using and when you’re using it and give you a clue to ways you could economise.
  • Turn down your heating thermostat. Lowering it by just 1°C can cut your bill by up to 10%.
  • Turn up your air conditioning set point. A simple 1°C increase can save you up to 10% on your electricity bill.
  • What’s the point in heating or cooling your building when there’s nobody there? Re-set the times on your heating and cooling systems to coincide with office hours and you’ll save money on your bills.
  • When your heating or cooling systems are switched on, make sure doors and windows are closed. If you don’t, you’re wasting energy.
  • In places that aren’t used continuously – corridors, loos and storage spaces – fit PIR sensors. They switch on the lights automatically when they’re needed and they’ll save you money.
  • Replace your lighting with LED lamps. They’re not expensive and they can halve your energy bill!
  • Compare energy efficiency ratings before you purchase new electrical equipment for the office, and choose A++ or A+++ rated items if you can.
  • Make energy efficiency a habit with your staff, by building it into your Code of Conduct.
  • Don’t leave electrical devices running outside office hours – fit timers that automatically switch them off when they’re not needed.
  • Give IT equipment a rest when it’s not in use. An automatic sleep mode can cut your electricity bill by a massive 30%.
  • What about fitting smart thermostats? They can cut your gas consumption by up to 15%.
  • Don’t waste your energy! Modern insulation can cut down on heat loss and save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • A new boiler could be a useful investment – modern condensing gas boilers can cut your gas consumption by up to 30%.
  • Don’t get hot and bothered in the office. Fitting thermostatic radiator valves not only keeps you comfortable in the office, it saves energy and money too.

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