Are you running a business and looking to reduce your bills? Whether that’s changing small habits or investing heavily in making your premises more energy-efficient, there is much businesses can do to reduce their energy consumption and reduce their bills. Here is some advice to get you started.
Upgrade your heating system
Heating bills can account for more than half of business bills, hence why reviewing your heating system as a whole should be one of the first things to look at.
Check your boilers and their energy-efficiency ratings, if they have a poor score (usually below C or D), it may be time to upgrade your boilers to more efficient models that can see you make big savings on your heating bills.
Don’t forget that radiators are also an important part of how much energy your premises will use, as some models will have a better heating output than others. Make sure to choose the right size of radiators for your space that will give you the most bang for your buck.
Shop around energy suppliers
Many businesses don’t realize that they can choose their suppliers for gas, electricity and even water. If you think that switching from one supplier to the next is tedious, you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Nowadays, most suppliers will offer to take care of the whole process for you, without any interruption of service, ensuring you can focus on running your business while getting a good deal. When your contract comes to an end, make sure to review your current tariffs and see if another supplier can beat those.
If most businesses will be conscious of their energy usage for gas and electricity, not everyone will realise that water and wastewater usage can incur costs that can be reduced with the help of a supplier that will deal with your requirements and support your business to better manage water and wastewater. The water market has been open since 2008 in Scotland and 2017 in England so make sure you compare all suppliers and see what would be best for your requirements.
Replace old equipment
We’ve mentioned replacing a boiler with poor energy ratings, but the same can be said of all equipment. You don’t have to be an industrial business to benefit from this either, if you think about the numbers of coffee cups made in a day using nitro coffee maker, microwaved meals and other appliances, everything can add up rather quickly.
All electronic appliances should have energy ratings, so it’s worth checking the office kitchen to see if you could benefit from a new kettle, microwave or toaster! If you have hand dryers in bathrooms, these can also be replaced by eco-friendly options.
Involve your employees
Making changes to equipment is all well and good and will make a difference, but making sure your employees are involved in the process will take it to the next level. Make sure your employees are aware of energy-saving behaviors and encourage them to take proactive steps to ensure the business does not waste energy unnecessarily. This could mean simple actions such as turning the lights off when not needed or keeping windows and doors closed to better retain heat. If everyone is on board, you will find it much easier to cut costs.
We hope that these tips will help you and your business! Check out or other business news and posts here.