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Business energy efficiency guide

Business energy efficiency guide

11-business-energy-efficiency-guide (1) This article includes quick and easy tips to help you monitor and reduce your energy usage.

You can reduce your energy spend even further by switching and could save as much as £1,027* a year.

How can I reduce my business energy usage?

With the help of your staff, there are many ways you can save energy. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Conduct an energy audit
  • Use energy efficient lighting
  • Use energy efficient computers
  • Convince your staff to go green
  • Install energy generation technology

How do I conduct an business energy audit?

An audit will help you to identify where energy is being wasted so you can prioritise changes:

  • Take regular meter readings, to stay on top of your usage.
  • Create a checklist, so you can monitor where energy is being used. For example, heating and lighting.
  • Identify bad energy-wasting behaviour. For example, leaving computers on standby.
  • Call in a professional auditor to get a detailed report of where energy can be saved.

How do I make my business lighting energy efficient?

  • Switch your light bulbs to energy saving alternatives and save up to 80% on energy.
  • Operate your lights with motion sensors to ensure they aren’t left on when noone is in the room.
  • Rearrange your furniture to ensure you’re making the most of the natural light.

How do I insulate my workplace?

There are enhancements you can make to your workplace to save energy, such as:

  • Double-glazed windows, to keep the heat in.
  • Free-swing doors, to reduce drafts by preventing staff from leaving doors open.
  • Draft excluders for around your doors and windows, to reduce the amount of heat that escapes.
  • Radiator boosters to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat up a room.

How do I make my computers energy efficient?

You can reduce your energy spend by updating your computer equipment, as older models tend to use more energy. The Energy Star rating will indicate the energy efficiency of the product.The higher the rating, the more you can expect to save.

How do I convince my staff to go green?

There are a few ways you can encourage staff to become more eco-friendly, such as:

  • Offer incentives for going green.
  • Promote a ‘green culture’ with posters and email reminders.
  • Reward positive results by promoting them to the whole workforce.
  • Appoint staff sponsors to help enforce ‘green culture’.

See our eco-friendly behaviour page for more ideas about how to get your staff involved in going green.

*At least 10% of businesses who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with us between August 2017 and August 2018 saved £1,027 or more.