Reducing unnecessary business energy costs should be one of the main aims of any business owner. As well as doing your bit for the environment, your bottom line will also look a lot healthier at the end of the year too. Below are some of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce business energy costs.
Carry Out an Energy Audit
First of all, it’s a good idea to find out how energy efficient your workplace is. You can do this by carrying out an energy audit. This audit should identify any areas of your business where too much energy is being consumed and areas where energy is wasted.
Your business may be using too much energy to light, heat, cool and to power your workplace. The energy wasted in a business may be escaping through windows, doors, attics and other places.
Once you obtain the findings from an energy audit, you can start fixing any problems it has identified. In some instances, heating and cooling systems may need to be repaired or replaced. Your business premises may also need to be better insulated, which can be achieved by fitting energy efficient windows and doors and insulating walls and attics.
Compare Your Energy Rates
Switching from your current energy supplier to a cheaper energy supplier is a fast way to reduce energy bills. You can start this process by comparing your energy rates on various energy comparison websites. Once you make this kind of switch, closely monitor your energy bills to make sure you are actually getting a better rate.
Creating a paperless office is good for the environment, but it’s also good for your pocket. As well as reducing your paper costs, you also reduce the amount of printing, scanning and photocopying that takes place in your workplace, which can use up a lot of energy over the course of a month.
Timers, Sensors and Smart Technology
A large number of people are either forgetful or lazy and don’t always turn off office appliances, equipment, lighting or heating systems when they are not needed. The simple solution to this problem is to invest in timers, programmable thermostats, sensors or even smart technologies.
Business travel is expensive and uses a lot of resources. Fuel bills and other energy related costs add up when you travel, so it’s always wise to look for alternative ways to communicate with business associates who are in a different town, city or country.
Video conferencing systems, in particular, have made the world seem a lot smaller and also reduce the need for business people to travel as much. Almost every business activity can be carried out over the internet on video conferencing systems.
Most business premises are hectic places and it’s not always easy to keep an eye on the amount of energy wasted in a business. However, if you sit down and identify the areas of your business where you could reduce energy consumption and waste less energy, it has the potential to save you a lot of money throughout the year.