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Saving on Business Energy Costs This Winter


Ensure the heating is only used during business hours

As the temperature drops, staying warm becomes top priority at work, making it super easy to forget about your business’s heating consumption. Heating up the office around the clock, even out of operating hours, can have a dramatic effect on your energy usage, and with winter comes business energy price increases, meaning you’ll be looking at a hefty bill if you’re not careful.

There are two easy ways to tackle this.

The first is by reducing your thermostat by a degree. If your business is retail-based with customers continually walking in and out, remember that in the winter months they are likely to be wrapped up with big coats, and won’t require as much heat. If you are office-based, encourage colleagues to wear another layer as part of your energy-saving strategy and you’ll see your business energy costs fall!

Another simple way of tackling this is installing a programmable thermostat, so you can directly control when your business uses its heating system. By stopping your premises heating up outside of business hours, you are immediately preventing energy waste and decreasing your business energy bills.

Encourage your employees to be more energy conscious

It’s no good quietly deciding that you’d like to save on your business energy costs, but not encouraging employees to help. If everyone in the office pitches in to reduce their energy usage, you can save a huge amount of energy!

Just think about all the computers and monitors left on standby in the office. All the appliances in the staff kitchen. All the lights left on when everyone goes home.

Your business could be wasting an enormous amount of money just by forgetting to turn things off. With everybody remembering to properly shut down their work stations, and switching off the kettle after they make a cuppa, your business could see a great saving on its energy costs!

Switch up your lightbulbs

Now we’ve talked about switching lights off when they’re not needed, but when they are in use, you can still save on your business energy costs. Your business’s energy efficiency can easily improve by switching from low-efficiency bulbs to high-efficiency varieties.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and LED lights provide a similar amount of light to conventional light bulbs, but use around 80% less energy. They also last much longer than typical tungsten light bulbs.

Replacing your conventional light bulbs with more efficient bulbs is a really simply way to save loads on your energy bills. By reducing the amount energy needed by bulbs to light up your business, you could cut your spending on lighting by 80%!

Get an energy audit

If you’re finding it hard to identify areas that you can save on your business energy bills, it may be worth speaking to an energy auditor. An energy auditor can survey your business and quickly identify areas you’ve missed that are increasing your energy bills.

With this information, your auditor can provide a tailored energy action plan for you to implement and start saving on your energy costs straight away.

Employing an energy auditor will provide an external insight into your business, and help you pick out areas you can easily save on energy usage that may have been missed in an internal audit.

Compare business energy prices

For an even easier way to save on your energy bills this winter, SwitchMyBusiness.com invites you to check for cheaper business gas and electricity prices with our easy switching service. Just by entering a few basic details, you can instantly receive energy quotes online, and within 10 minutes you could be switched to a cheaper energy tariff with the help of one of our energy-switching experts.

We take the stress out of switching energy providers, we speak to suppliers and handle the necessary paperwork. All you need to do is give us a few details and we’ll take care of the rest!

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