4 easy ways to reduce your businesses lighting bill
Let’s face it; your energy bill is more than likely not something on the top of your “double check” list at your business. There are many other, pressing matters that take your attention away from bills and policies. More times than not, these things fly under the radar of importance. Even if you do think about your energy bill, you see it as merely the cost of doing business, right?
Depending on the size of your organisation, you could be saving thousands every month by taking simple steps to implement energy-saving solutions that positively impact your company and monthly bills. Being a business owner can spread you thin and bring your attention in many different directions, but it is crucial to be aware of smart energy solutions and savings, as the extra and unnecessary costs of these bills could be preventing your company from investing in other, more important areas. It is becoming a common thing to see businesses creating “Business Energy Saving Solution” action plans, and by doing so, business owners are better able to understand their electricity needs and how their energy is working for, or against them.
There are a variety of ways to start reducing your business energy overheads, but there is no need to stress over this, however. We’ll break down a few, simple steps you can take to begin your energy saving solutions at your own company both short-term and long-term.
1. Get an Energy Audit
We know the word “audit” can strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest person, and while this may sound like a horrible process, when it comes to the financial and environmental health of your business, it will be positive in the long run. The best part though? Most utility companies offer free energy audits to their customers so they can come in and assist you in seeing how you spend your energy and how to start saving it and using it more wisely.
2. Turn Down for Watt
It may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be shocked to find out just how much energy is used for all of the computers, printers, and machines left on, but unused. Turning computers on “sleep mode” or turning them off entirely when not in use will stop the draining of energy that isn’t in use. Create an EOD routine for staff. Make it simple, only a few steps, but include turning off any lights/machines/equipment that doesn’t need to stay on. Doing that simple task could substantially lessen your energy costs.
3. Protection from the Elements
Have you ever noticed a small breeze coming from the breakroom window? You may not have given it a second thought, but that small breeze can wrack up some significant costs for your business. In comes the breeze, out goes the energy. Fix this by investing in replacing the weather-stripping, caulk, or foam around the windows and doors to prevent power from seeping out. You could also go a step further and put tinting films on windows that let in a lot of sunlight throughout the day. This will naturally cool your building temperature and not require the A/C unit to work as hard.
Did you know that most SMEs (Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage systems) companies will give up to 15% in discounts if you contact them and ask about energy saving discounts? Gather your energy spending data and do a little research into energy solution trends before contacting your energy retailer to discuss a change in terms.
Saving money on your business’s energy bill IS possible, and more straightforward than you may have thought. At the end of the day, if you are still unhappy with the costs of your energy bill, consider switching providers and go to a company that focuses on conserving and using energy in a better way, such as Conservergy. Conservergy provides energy saving solutions to businesses, with aims to reduce the bottom line and help the environment, all while giving the best customer service and insights into current market trends. Don’t wait, learn all of your energy saving options today!