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How Businesses Can Save on Their Energy Costs This Winter

Business Advice | 28 September 2023 | 8 months ago

Everyone has noticed an increase in energy costs in recent years, and this has affected businesses in a big way. With spiralling energy costs, many business owners will be looking for ways to save on their energy bills. Though this is something that impacts businesses throughout the year, winter is when the rising costs really pack a punch. With a reliance on heating to make a workplace comfortable and lights being needed when the sun sets at 4pm, winter is when a lot of energy bills rise considerably. Luckily, there are ways for a business to combat this.

How Businesses Can Save on Their Energy Costs This Winter

Business Energy Saving Tips

There’s a lot to pay for as a business owner, including business overheads such as energy bills. A lot of businesses will have been hit with increased energy prices in the last year, and many have struggled to keep up. One of the key things to do if you want to save on your energy costs this winter is to educate employees about energy saving practices, such as turning off lights when not needed, unplugging electronics, and keeping doors and windows closed. It’s a lot easier to make an energy saving impact if everyone is working together.

 

However, that might not be enough, and you may need to embrace other business energy saving tips. Here are some of the most effective:

 

Turn Off at Night

At the end of the day, don’t forget to turn off appliances and equipment that uses a lot of energy, or put them on standby at the very least. Doing so will reduce your energy usage, as there’s no need to have electronics on when they’re not in use. A lot of homes have smart metres, but don’t forget that these are available for businesses too. It’s a lot easier to reduce your business energy prices with a smart metre, as these help you to determine what appliances use the most energy, showing where you should focus your attention. It’s also important to familiarise yourself with lighting and heating using energy efficiency bulbs, and the benefits of motion triggered lights, as these will save even more energy.

 

Insulate Your Premises

One of the most effective business energy saving tips is to insulate your premises. Insulation helps to keep the heat inside your workplace, meaning that you need to use less throughout the day. Heating, as always, will be a major expense over winter and it’s hard to avoid using it altogether. But, insulation is an investment that will help to cut business energy prices going forward. You can ensure energy savings for years to come by adding double glazing throughout. Properly sealing gaps, cracks and openings in windows, doors and walls will prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering. During the night and on particularly cold days, close curtains and blinds to provide an extra layer of insulation. This will also prevent heat from escaping through the windows.

 

Speak to Your Energy Supplier

If you are worried about business energy prices, it’s worth speaking to your energy supplier. There are a variety of grants and support available to businesses, and you might be eligible. If not, many energy suppliers are happy to give you a bit of breathing space should you be struggling with cash flow and keeping on top of rising energy costs. You might be able to negotiate a payment plan, reductions or more time to pay.

 

Clean

You might not initially link cleaning to saving energy, but it’s actually a good way to reduce how much energy you are using at work. Cleaning up and rearranging furniture can make a big difference to how much energy you use, especially when it comes to maximising the impact that your energy usage is having. For example, cleaning out the workplace’s fridge and freezer vents improves how effective they are, meaning that less energy needs to be used to keep things cool. Similarly, consider moving furniture away from radiators and external doors. With nothing blocking radiators, and without the outside air from an external door cooling the heat down, your workplace heating will be a lot more effective.

 

Reduce Water Usage

When people think about cutting the cost of their business’ bills, they think about turning off lights and reducing how long the heating is on for. But, reducing your water usage is also beneficial. Reducing the amount of water that your business is using will help to reduce bills, by having to pay for less water, and by having to pay to heat less hot water.

 

Energy Audit

There are bound to be a variety of business energy saving suggestions that apply to your workplace, but knowing what they are can be difficult. This is why a lot of businesses are using an energy audit to cut their business energy prices. It’s a fantastic way to review how your business is using energy, and highlight opportunities for you to reduce the amount of energy being used.

 

The things that you can do to reduce your business energy costs doesn’t stop there. You could explore the possibility of incorporating renewable energy sources – such as solar panels or wind turbines – into your business, as a way to generate a portion of your business’ energy. Though there is an upfront cost of doing so, the long term savings could be substantial. It’s also a good idea to encourage employees to contribute energy saving ideas and reward innovative suggestions, especially if they lead to energy reductions.

 

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