It’s easy for costs to escalate for a small business, and one of your big areas of spending might be your energy bills. The good news is, there are some straightforward actions you can take to minimise these expenses. To give you a head start, here are five simple things that small companies can do to save energy.
1. Draught-Proof Your Workspace
Some of the money you currently spend on heating your premises may be being lost as a result of poor insulation. While major renovation work might not be an option, there are a few quick and inexpensive steps you can take to reduce heat loss. One of the most important is to find and block any draughts in your workspace. Utility switching service Utility Bidder recommends ensuring that window and door frames are properly fitted and secured. If necessary, you might benefit from fitting draught-proofing strips around these frames.
2. Switch Devices Off When They’re Not In Use
The majority of electronics still draw some electricity even when they are in standby mode. It might not be a lot of power per device, but multiplied across all the equipment in your office and over a long period of time, this can really add up. This means it’s important to get into the habit of switching electronics off when you’re not using them – for example each time you leave the office. As well as saving energy, this is safer as it reduces the risk of fires.
3. Replace Traditional Lights With LEDs
Did you know that LEDs use up to 80 per cent less electricity than regular, non-energy saving light bulbs? So, by simply making the switch to LEDs, you stand to save a lot of money on your lighting costs. To bring your bills down even further, you could install motion sensor lighting systems that don’t rely on your employees remembering to turn lights off when they leave a room.
4. Allow Remote Working
Home working has been making the headlines more than usual recently as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Obviously under the current circumstances, many people are working remotely to minimise the spread of infections, but more generally home working has a range of potential benefits – and one of these is the cost savings it can bring companies. By allowing your staff members to work from home, you can reduce the amount of electricity used in your workspace.
5. Carry Out An Energy Audit
In addition to these specific energy saving measures, you might want to think about arranging for an energy audit to be carried out in your workplace. This will involve experts coming in to assess the ways in which your business uses energy, and to offer suggestions on how to reduce your consumption. If they find nothing wrong but your expenses are still too great, maybe it’s a good time to switch providers. In states like Texas people have the right to choose their energy provider as the market was deregulated back in 2002. With the Texas power to choose program, the average cost of kWh is about 17 percent lower than the national average.
These measures may be simple, but they can have a significant and lasting impact on the amount of energy your business uses.