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As a shop owner, you’re no doubt aware of the importance of balancing the books – which is something that often has to take into account your energy bills. In order to minimise these bills and boost your bottom line, the most effective steps you can take are to switch supplier and adopt energy-saving habits.
It is important to regularly review your energy bills to make sure the amount you’re paying for energy is competitive. This is particularly the case if you haven’t switched in the last couple of years. When choosing a new energy contract, it is important to ensure the energy deal is suited to your business needs.
When examining your energy bill, there are two main charges that you’ll need to take into account: the unit rate and the standing charge. These two charges have the biggest impact on your energy bill and are the best point of comparison when looking for a new, better-value energy contract.
The unit rate is the amount you pay for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of energy you use, while the standing charge is a set fee your supplier charges to provide you with energy. Standing charges apply for every day of your contract and are not affected by your usage.
Your energy bill will also contain a set of other charges which can vary depending on your supplier, and should include some key information about your contract. This information includes:
Having switched to the best available energy deal, you might consider other ways you can save money on your energy bills. Ensuring your shop is well-insulated and adopting energy-saving measures in respect to your lighting, heating and cooling systems can often have a big impact on the amount you need to pay for energy. The following are some simple energy saving and efficiency measures that could help reduce your usage:
Heating and cooling
One of the most effective ways of increasing the efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is by ensuring that your systems are properly managed. Ensure your heating only comes on when the outside temperatures is less than 13oC, but that your air conditioning is not turned on unless the outside temperature exceeds 23oC. Further tips when it comes to heating and cooling include:
If your shop sells refrigerated goods, maintaining the temperature in the fridges could be accounting for half of your total electricity bill. Increasing the efficiency of your refrigeration can help you save on your usage costs. The steps you can take to do so include:
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