Switching your energy supplier isn’t the only way to save money
A 20% cut in energy costs representsbthe same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales for many businesses. Despite this a recent study by OnePoll found that only 43% of people are concerned about their office's energy consumption.
This is a short guide created to identify actions that you can make in your business that will result in energy and cost savings that can be easily applied with little or no cost. Almost all businesses could use less energy, even low and no-cost actions can reduce energy costs by at least 10% and produce quick returns.
If you want to identify the areas where it is possible to make energy savings, it is essential to start by looking at the area it is currently used. Have a walk around the office in an attempt to recognise what areas are wasting energy and what your opportunities for saving are.
The areas to look at are heating lighting, office equipment, and if applicable, factory and warehouse equipment. Every businesses pattern of energy use differs throughout the day, so it is useful to conduct a series of different walk rounds and to vary the times that they are carried out. By doing this, you will see a clearer picture of when and where energy might be wasted. Comparing the findings of the walk around with meter data that will help to pinpoint areas of high energy use. It is very important to prioritise energy saving actions once they have been identified rather that attempting to tackle them all at once. We find that those with the biggest saving potential or least disruption to the business will help you decide this. In future, plan walk rounds when the clocks change and remember to adjust your heating controls at these times.
Did you know that leaving a typical office light on overnight wastes enough energy to heat 1,000 cups of tea?
When on your walk round, consider what type of fluorescent tubes you have in use. Research different lighting options, for example 26 mm diameter slim line florescent tubes use 10% less electricity and are cheaper to buy than 38mm tubes. Further savings? Install new high frequency fluorescent lightening that eliminates flickers and hum, extends lamp life and can often reduce consumption by around 25%.
Lighting in a typical office costs about £3 million annually, but in the most efficient office only costs about £1 million annually.
Such a simple tip like checking whether lamp, fittings and roof lights are clean can help make significant energy savings as dirty shades can greatly reduce lighting levels.
Heating costs rise by about 8% for every 1°C of overheating.
Overheating occurs because we heat areas that do not need to be warmed. For example, are you keeping your corridors warm? Overheating can also be the result of poor control of heating systems. Avoiding as much heat loss as possible through improving insulation and draught control can also significantly cut heating bills.
On average, 20% of the total energy bill in commercial offices is accounted for by office equipment – about half of this use stems from PC's and monitors.
Enhanced Capital Allowances enable businesses to buy energy efficient equipment using a 100% rate of tax allowance in the year of purchase. If it is on the Energy Technology List then businesses can claim the allowance on the investment value of energy efficient equipment.
Take control of your business costs. implement these tips in to your business, but most importantly make sure your business is on the best energy tariff that is avaliable to them. we offer a free, completely impartial comparison that allows you to see what options suit your businesses needs. The service is straight forward and will take a few minutes but could make a massive impact on your businesses bottom line. Click here to be taken to our free and impartial business energy