There are many factors that weigh on your budget whether you are an SME or a large organisation such as office rental costs, salaries, employee benefits such as pensions, maintaining your IT infrastructure, and of course your energy bills. Some of these expenses, however, have no movement, like your rent for your office, you can’t try and haggle with your landlord for a better deal, but for other costs like your energy bills there are savings to be made.
You can do so many little things each day to make a difference, you don’t have to undergo a massive energy overhaul and spend lots of money to switch to solar power to cut your energy costs. Take a look at these 4 tips below to help you reduce your business’s energy bills and conserve some energy along the way.
Switch to CFL Bulbs
Your standard bulbs are using more energy than you think as lighting is the second biggest user of energy in an office environment, CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs will save you 75% more energy in comparison. As CFL bulbs use a lot less energy it means that they last a lot longer than standard bulbs too, this means that you won’t have to change and replace your bulbs as often either. There is no excuse for not installing these bulbs in your workplace, they have come a long way in terms of design and are now available in a range of different styles. For display lighting think about switching to LEDs, they use a lot less energy than halogen lighting but work just as well.
Stop Putting Equipment on Standby
Using the standby feature on equipment in your office costs the UK nearly £1 billion each year in energy. Turning off your computer at the end of the day doesn’t use up any more of your time than putting it on standby does, so there is no reason that you shouldn’t choose shut down instead of standby when it comes to leaving the office. Even something as small as turning down the brightness of your screen can contribute to saving energy in your workplace, as well as saving energy it can decrease the possibility of eye strain and headaches too.
Invest in different coloured bins to place throughout the office to separate your waste and make it easy for employees to know where to dispose of their paper or plastic. As landfill tax is on the rise it is important to recycle as much as possible to keep your waste bill down. In addition to recycling as much of your waste as possible, try to reduce your waste production in general, only print when it is absolutely necessary to. Only printing when you need to not only reduces the amount of paper you use but it also means that the printer is used less and as a result, it is doing less work and using less energy.
Hire an Energy Consultant
Managing your energy whether you are a small or large organisation can be daunting, with so many tariffs and rates on offer to your business it can become overwhelming. Many companies like CUB UK offer a business energy management and consultancy service, a service like this can save you time and take the hassle of managing your business energy off your hands. As well as managing your energy they help you to find the best, most competitive price for your business energy needs.