10 ways to manage your Business Energy Consumption in 2020
- Have a policy of switching lights off in empty rooms or invest in motion sensor lighting for corridors and washrooms etc. This alone can save you up to 15% on your energy bill.
- Utilise natural light wherever possible.
- Upgrade lighting to energy efficient bulbs, ideally LEDs.
- Don't heat empty rooms. Workshops where there's physical work carried out can be set to either lower temperatures or no heat, as can warehouses, storerooms or corridors.
- Don’t have windows or doors open while the heating is on. If staff are too warm turn the thermostat down.
- Reduce the thermostat temperature by 1⁰C. As a general rule, costs are increased by 8% - 10% for every ⁰C.
- Turn off any equipment that will not be used for long periods of time and make sure all non-necessary equipment is turned off over night and at weekends. i.e. printers, computers etc.
- Regular maintenance and service of all energy consuming equipment and heating system to ensure they run as efficiently as possible.
- Upgrade to a smart meter so you pay for how much energy used as opposed to estimated usage.
- When buying new equipment check its energy consumption. Often buying something cheap can be a false economy in the long term when running costs are taken into account.
"Reduce the thermostat temperature by 1⁰C. As a general rule, costs are increased by 8% - 10% for every ⁰C"