How to be smart about energy use in your business

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While most of us are getting better at reducing our energy usage at home, the same cannot be said for many businesses. Often, achieving energy efficiency in the workplace is a matter of many people all making a small adjustment. Together, these small adjustments can make a real difference in helping your businesses bottom line as well as a more environmentally conscious one. At Simply Energy, we are committed to helping our customers find the best solutions for their home and business energy use. Here we look at some ways to help you be energy savvy in your business.

Team effort

Regardless of the size of your business, try to get everyone at work involved in reducing energy usage. That way, everyone will feel part of the process and take ownership of the changes. It also helps to make sure you periodically report back with positive results – it keeps everyone motivated! Energy usage is not just something that affects the owner of a business; employees can do their bit to help. Bigger businesses can team up per department or even get an energy team together to look at ways to reduce energy usage across the whole business.

Handy tips to get started:

  • Turn off computers at the end of the working day rather than leaving them on standby or in sleep-mode
  • Set monitors to turn off after a brief period of inactivity rather than going into screen-saver mode
  • Put up labels or notices near the exit to remind people to switch off lights when leaving
  • Make use of natural light wherever possible instead of using artificial lighting
  • Use blinds or shutters to keep the heat out instead of using the air conditioning
  • Remember to turn off printers or photocopiers at the end of the day
  • Fit timers to heating or air conditioning so it is only used when there are people in the office
  • Fit motion sensors to lights in little-used areas or corridors
  • In winter, lowering your thermostat by 1 degree will reduce energy use. Chances are no-one will even notice!

Get to know your energy

Sometimes your business can benefit from using newer, more energy-efficient appliances, lighting or equipment. This may involve some initial investment, but you can find that the investment is quickly recouped from the resulting lower monthly energy bills.

An energy assessment can help you work out which items in your workplace use the most electricity or gas, and can give provide you with helpful tips on energy-efficient alternatives.

If you are buying new equipment like new computer monitors, air conditioning etc., find out about energy ratings which will provide you with useful information.

Check your energy plan. Is the energy plan you decided on still suitable for your business needs? Maybe your business has changed in size and another plan will work out better for you. If your contract is coming to an end, make sure you check are getting the best offer for your business.

Make an action plan

Divide the energy solutions you have identified into categories: small changes, low-cost improvements and good investments. Remember to revisit your action plan quarterly and to check it before you start on changes in the office environment or when buying new equipment. Task someone in the office with finding out if there are grants in your area, for instance for solar energy or insulation.

Making your business more energy-efficient can take many forms and will depend on your workplace environment. An office will have different requirements to a factory or a catering establishment, but in nearly every case it is possible to come up with simple but effective solutions.

Interested in finding out more? At Simply Energy, we are happy to talk to customers as well as non-customers. Let us help you find the best energy plan for your business by contacting us today!

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