Many businesses spend vast sums of money on electricity costs, and much of this is unnecessary.
Whether your business is paying to heat an industrial unit or keeping the lights on in a retail store, you could still save money by making some changes.
The benefits of saving electricity include maximizing your profits, helping the environment by consuming less energy, and improving your reputation.
In addition, many of your customers and clients care about the impact of energy consumption on the environment. So this is an excellent opportunity to showcase your achievements in this area.
Here are five suggestions to help you get started:
1) Get An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
An Energy Performance Certificate is awarded to you after an inspection of how your business consumes electricity. An inspector will assess lights and appliances and suggest improvements. You will be given a rating demonstrating how energy efficient your building is.
2) Install Motion Sensor Lighting
Instead of leaving lights on or relying on people to turn them off when leaving the room, motion sensor lighting is a better option.
With motion sensors, lights automatically switch on and off whenever someone enters or leaves the room. These are great for toilets and hallways. You can also use CFL bulbs for these lights, which use 75% less energy than standard bulbs.
3) Use Renewable Energy
Consider whether you could utilise renewable energy for your business. Solar panels, wind turbines, and micro-CHP can improve your EPC rating and reduce energy bills. This greatly depends on whether you have the correct planning permission. However, solar panels are the easiest to install.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) encourages businesses to supply power to the grid by paying an export tariff. So for each kWh your system generates, you’ll receive a payment.
4) Use Energy Efficient Equipment
Always look for the EU Energy Label on new equipment. Whether it’s a computer or printer, products are labelled from ‘A’ to ‘G’, similar to the EPC ratings.
5) Buy Programmable Thermostats
Programmable Thermostats are great as they enable you to set the workplace’s temperature automatically. You can adjust the settings to turn on the heat at certain times of the day when you know somebody will be in the workplace.
There are many innovative ways to reduce electricity bills. And the benefits include higher profits, a cleaner reputation, and reducing environmental harm. So ultimately, it’s a win-win for you and the environment.