A Guide to Save Energy at Work

Energy prices have skyrocketed – so how does your business save on work energy?

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1.         Monitoring your business’s energy tariff

To optimize cost savings, it is advisable to conduct periodic research on tariffs offered by various energy providers. By staying updated on the available options, you can ensure that you are receiving the most favorable deal. Additionally, consider switching providers or changing your current tariff annually as a potential means of reducing expenses.

2.         Check the efficiency and age of the equipment

Assess all energy-consuming equipment in your business and ensure that it is using the latest and most efficient models available. Enhancing the efficiency of your equipment will contribute to long-term cost reduction. Consider the following tips to achieve this:

– Have your equipment assessed.

– Upgrading old equipment.

– Putting in place a maintenance timetable.

– Taking care of your equipment (servicing and cleaning regularly).

3. Arrange commercial boiler service and energy audit

By conducting an energy audit, you can assess your business’s energy consumption, identify areas of energy wastage, and explore strategies to mitigate it. Government regulations mandate that companies with over 250 employees must undergo an annual energy audit. However, smaller companies have the option to conduct audits internally or hire external auditors. Online checklists are available to guide you through the auditing process.

Once you have a clear picture of your business’s energy usage, you can take steps to reduce costs. This may involve switching suppliers or upgrading systems. By addressing energy waste, you can avoid unnecessary expenses incurred from using energy that goes unused.

In addition to an energy audit, a commercial boiler service from CorgiHomePlan can uncover sources of energy wastage and identify issues that cause inefficiencies and increased energy consumption. Regular servicing is often necessary to maintain warranty compliance for many boiler systems. If your commercial boiler is outdated and contributing to energy wastage, we offer expertise in installing various types of commercial boilers. For more information on the importance of boiler services and to schedule a service, you can visit our website.

4.         Switching off equipment when it’s not in use

Leaving equipment powered on when it’s not in use leads to energy wastage. Even though the cost of each individual piece of equipment left overnight, over weekends, or during idle periods may seem insignificant, these small expenses accumulate over weeks and months. The larger your business operations, the greater the cost becomes. Engage your staff by emphasizing the importance of shutting down equipment before leaving for the day – give them ownership. By doing so, you can effectively manage energy savings. Online resources are available for downloading reminders to help your staff remember to power off their equipment.

5.         Assess your lighting and use energy-efficient lighting for your business

According to a report conducted by the department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy as part of the Energy Technology List, approximately 20% of the electrical energy generated in the UK is consumed by lighting. The report highlights that businesses can achieve substantial cost savings by transitioning from conventional lighting to modern LED technology. Furthermore, implementing automatic lighting controls, such as sensors that activate lighting when someone enters a room and turn it off when they leave, can result in energy bill reductions of 30% to 50% for businesses.

6.         Setting heating timers

By using a timer that aligns with the occupancy of your business space, you can ensure that the heating system operates only when necessary, avoiding unnecessary energy consumption. Implementing set timers also acts as a deterrent against staff interference with the heating, thereby preventing avoidable expenses.

7. Business premises insulation

Insulating your building can naturally enhance its warmth, thereby reducing the rate at which heating is required during colder months. This leads to a more balanced monthly payment structure and helps maintain better control over energy costs, making them more manageable for your business.

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