Christmas Business Energy Saving Tips
Christmas is a time of lights, staff get-together s and parties – and hopefully some well-deserved time off work as well. With darker nights and celebration, it’s also a time of year when the cost of energy tends to rocket more than others.
How can you keep the costs of your business energy down? Here’s some handy tips to help you think about how your business gas and electric might be costing you more – and what you can do to keep bills down:
- Staff Refreshments
Your site may have a staff cafe, vending machines or other means for staff to get refreshments while on shift. A single vending machine can cost around £120 a year to run, which can add up if you have multiple machines over various parts of your site. Making sure these are unplugged when there are fewer staff on duty can help cut down on your business electricity. Even if your site doesn’t have these facilities, there are still ways to cut down on the power.
If staff are away over the holiday break, you can cut down by unplugging kettles, microwaves and other facilities over the festive period. Just by being plugged in can still cost money.
- Turn off office equipment
Before going away for the holiday break or even if limited staff will be on shift, take a walk-around of your site with a colleague and make sure there isn’t any equipment left on standby or plugged in. Just taking some devices out of their sockets for a few days will make a difference. Often, computers and printers get left on standby in offices that staff forget about. What’s more, an consultant has expertise in understanding how large commercial premises work in terms of their energy use and can work with you to provide effective business energy solutions. There may even be some more efficient pieces of office technology that would benefit your business.
- Avoid burst pipes
Did you consider how you can save on water? As heating pipes cool down, with the cold weather there is a chance a pipe could burst. You can avoid this happening by getting a frost protection system in your central heating system. This will save you money in the long-term, rather than paying for a plumber to come out on-site to fix burst pipes.
- Which fairy lights?
If you want to create a magical atmosphere at work for your team, prices of running Christmas lights can vary. The most cost-effective way of doing this is to use LED fairy lights, which cost an average of 90p to run over a typical month. This is compared to more than £8.00 to run other types of lights. Another tip is to get a timer that is set to switch on and off your lights at set times.
- Turn down thermostats
The cost of heating your business site or commercial premises can account for nearly a hefty chunk of your business energy bill. With less staff in, you can heat fewer areas of your site. Turning down the thermostat by just 1 or 2 degrees can make a big impact on your bill, too. Consider doing this throughout the year as well as at Christmas. There are some advanced technological business energy solutions for businesses that a consultant can tell you more about.
- Check for drippy taps
Taps with a semi-regular drip can be a hidden culprit for pushing up the cost of your utility bill. Check for dripping taps and get these fixed before you go away or delegate this repair so that they don’t end up adding to your business energy bill, too. Do you think a different water management system could help? A specialist consultant can assist with coming up with an alternative business energy solution through the design and implementation of a water system on your site that may work more efficiently for you.
By changing your practices on-site and encouraging good energy-saving habits among your team, you can celebrate the holiday, keep your business running and reduce your energy bills.
What’s on your Christmas wish-list to help you save money on your energy?
With oil prices expected to go up in the new year, it’s anticipated that this will affect electric and gas prices, too. Whether small or large-scale, making an appointment with a business energy consultant to survey your site and identify areas where you can save money or introduce energy-saving measures could be a worthwhile move. Think your equipment could be working more efficiently on less energy? Get in touch to see how Concise Energy can help with procuring a tailored energy contract that meets the needs of your business.