Whatever the size of your business, it’s possible to reduce your business energy costs by becoming more energy efficient. While paying for energy is an inevitable part of running a business, finding smart ways to reduce your energy bills makes financial sense. There are a wide range of improvements you can make that will substantially cut down energy use and here are eight you should seriously consider:
1. Turn Lights and Equipment Off – making sure appliances and equipment are turned off completely overnight is going to make a huge difference to your energy bills. Even if they’re left in sleep mode, they’re going to be consuming energy. Why pay for electricity that’s not being used?
2. Install CFL or LED Bulbs – how many light bulbs are used in your business? Install CFL (compact fluorescent light) or LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs in each of them and you’ll make considerable savings. Not only do these bulbs use less energy they also last much longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
3. Use Motion Detectors and Automatic Dimmers – almost a quarter of your electricity usage is made up of the cost of lighting your building. Being smarter about the way in which you light your buildings can add up to big savings. Install motion detectors in areas where light isn’t always needed and automatic dimming controllers that can measure and adjust the light needed.
4. Shop Around for Your Energy Suppliers – With energy rates always on the rise it makes sense to use energy suppliers who offer the best value for money. Business energy comparison is easy if you visit a website such as www.utilitybidder.co.uk and choose the best option for your business.
5. Install Programmable Thermostats – using programmable thermostats means you can automatically adjust the temperatures in the workplace when nobody is there. Set the thermostat to turn on the heating or AC 30 minutes before everyone gets into work and turn off 30 minutes after everyone has gone home. It also allows you to set the temperature. Just one degree higher or lower can reduce the amount of power you use by up to 10%.
6. Allow Employees to Work from Home – energy efficiency is just one of the reasons why you should allow your employees to work from home. It also improves employee retention and increases productivity.
7. Buy Energy Star Appliances – when it comes to buying new equipment and appliances look for those with an Energy Star logo. They run more efficiently and power down when not being used.
8. Use Power Strips – have you heard of ‘phantom energy’? It’s what office equipment, battery chargers, and consumer electronics use even when turned off. Using a power strip allows you to switch off several appliances at the same time, rather than having to unplug them all individually.
Even if you feel your business is already being as energy efficient as possible there’s always room for improvement and an opportunity to make further savings on your energy bills.