Energy saving tips for business
We know that cost saving is really important for your small business or charity, and you may also feel passionately about the impact your organisation saving energy could have on the environment.
We want to help so we’ve pulled together some of our top tips for saving energy, and lowering your energy bills, for your business, whether it’s a retail business or office.
Energy saving tips for retail businesses:
> Close the door
Research conducted by the University Of Cambridge Department Of Engineering discovered that significant energy savings can be achieved when doors remain shut during winter, with minimal effect on transactions and footfall.
> Use LED lights
By switching to low energy LED lighting you could save up to 75% on the energy consumption used. As lighting accounts for an average of 28% of energy usage in retail environments, this could result in significantly lower bills.
> Try smart heating
A quick fix that could save you up to a third of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning bills is to ensure that your system operating hours match the times when they’re actually required.
> Set up a dead band
Setting up a gap or dead-band between heating and air conditioning temperatures will avoid the two systems operating at the same time. Introducing a gap of 5% could save up to 10% of your heating and cooling costs.
Energy saving tips for offices:
> Lower the room temperature
Heating can account for up to 40% of energy costs in an office environment. Most people feel comfortable in the temperature ranges of 18 – 26 degrees Celsius. Reducing heat temperatures by just 1 degree could cut your consumption by up to 8% in a year.
> Encourage staff to turn off screens or PCs
Around two thirds of the energy consumed in office environments is attributed to computers - both PCs and monitors. To save up to 30% of your energy costs, remind your employees to turn their computers and screens off at the end of the day, rather than putting them on standby.
> Make photocopiers more efficient
The office photocopier is often the highest single energy using piece of equipment in your workplace. The heat components, which fuse the toner to the paper are the biggest culprits. Try to use lower melting point inks and ensure the standby features are enabled to slash copier energy use by up to 50%
> Use energy Saving Lamps
The correct lighting is vital for ensuring the workplace environment is comfortable for your employees and encouraging peak productivity. By replacing your standard lights with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps, which use less than 75% energy, you are ensuring optimum light output and reducing your bills at the same time.
> Shut that door
Keeping the doors closed between heated and unheated areas, such as store room, lobby or hallways, could help to reduce your energy bills as much as 5 – 10%.
Keeping track of your energy use
Remember, by taking regular meter readings you can keep track of how much energy your business is using. This makes it easier to see when improvements are working and how much you are saving. Submit your meter reading now.