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Business energy saving tips

Tips to lower your business energy bills

Need some ideas to save energy and reduce your business bills? Here’s a bunch of energy saving tips and ideas to help.

Heating and cooling

  • Don’t make the office heater and air conditioner do all the work. Encourage staff to dress warmly in winter, and cooler in summer.
  • In some climates, windows can allow up to 40% of your heating or cooling energy to escape. Anything you can do to prevent hot or cool air from sneaking out the window will help – like window tints, blinds, curtains or double-glazing.

Office Kitchen

  • A lot of energy goes into heating water, so using less hot water can help to reduce your energy bills.
  • If you’re buying new taps or an office dishwasher, consider the water efficiency rating label – this can help minimise your hot water use.
  • If your business has a fridge, remember it runs all day, every day, making it one of the more expensive appliances to run. Check that the door seal is gap-free.
  • A well-ventilated fridge uses less energy, so don’t butt it up against the wall. There should be around 5cm between the condenser and the wall, and free space above the fridge.
  • Wait until the office dishwasher is full before turning it on.
  • Only fill the kettle with the level of the water you’ll use right away. Otherwise you’ll waste energy heating it, just to let it go cold.

Around the office, factory or warehouse

  • If you’re not using an appliance, turn it off at the switch. ‘Standby’ mode can chew through a lot of electricity, particularly with TVs, DVD players, ovens, phone chargers (don’t keep your phone attached once it’s charged) and computers.
  • Use energy saving lights where you can. And if possible use sensor – controlled lighting that switches off when nobody’s using the room.
  • Buying a new appliance? Look out for the energy-rating label - the more stars it gets the more energy efficient it will be.
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