The UK energy market is constantly evolving, and energy costs are rising quickly and as such, many businesses are looking for ways to cut costs and save money. With the cold weather now upon us, keeping your staff warm and ensuring that your offices and buildings are well lit throughout the winter often means a significant increase in energy usage.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom – with our top energy saving tips for the winter months you’re sure to see a reduction in energy usage, an improvement in efficiency and – perhaps most importantly – a reduction in the cost of your energy bills.
- Switch it off
Over the course of one year, a single desktop computer and PC monitor left on standby costs in excess of £6.00. While this may not seem very much, multiply it by the number of computers in your business and there’s a significant annual saving to be made simply by powering down at the end of each day.
- Change the bulbs
While energy efficient light bulbs cost a little more than traditional light bulbs, they last longer than other types of lighting. LED bulbs have a life expectancy of 50,000 hours meaning that you will replace LED bulbs far less often than you would their traditional counterparts. Make the switch to energy saving light bulbs and cut the costs of lighting your business.
- Lights out
Just because you’ve changed the bulbs doesn’t mean to should leave them on. The Energy Saving Trust found that, over the course of a year, office lights left on overnight use enough energy to heat a home for almost five months. Turn off any lights that you don’t need to make savings over the dark, winter months.
- Detect motion
Even with the best of intentions, it’s easy to forget to turn lights off when we’re in a rush. Consider installing motion detectors to control lighting – especially in areas of low usage such as bathrooms, meeting rooms and cupboards.
- Keep an eye on the temperature
While it’s important to keep your employees warm, turning the heating up by just 1°C can increase heating costs by around 8%. Keep an eye on the temperature to ensure that your staff are comfortable and, if you need to turn it up, do so one degree at a time.
- Turn heating down at night
If there’s no one in your business property at night, turn the thermostat down but don’t turn it off entirely as this could cause pipes to freeze.
- Fill gaps
We all know how annoying a draft can be. Seal up any small gaps around windows and doors to keep the heat in.
- Don’t overfill the kettle
Research by the Energy Savings Trust has found that overfilling the kettle costs Britain around £68 million per year. Like many businesses, The Green Energy Advice Bureau team run on caffeine so we’re asking staff to fill the kettle with only the amount of water they need, and we’d encourage you to do the same. By only boiling the amount of water they need, your staff will not only use less electricity, they will spend less time waiting for the kettle to boil!
- Clean and tidy
Obstructing radiators means that more heat is needed to feel the benefit so, if your office furniture is blocking radiators, rearrange your office to ensure that heat can flow throughout the room.
- Explore your options
If your energy contract is up for renewal, shop around to see what’s available to you. By taking time to explore your options, you may find opportunities for significant savings.
Here at The Green Energy Advice Bureau, we aim to deliver the best rates available on the market and a first-class customer service.
To see how much we could help your business save on its energy bills, talk to our energy experts on 0191 303 7750 or email [email protected]