Electric and Gas bills are within the top 3 costs of a business (depending on size and type of business of course). Here are ten simple ways to help reduce your energy costs:

1. Install motion sensitive lighting

It’s easy to leave lights on where you don’t need them. Motion sensitive lights will turn off automatically when rooms are not in use. Make the most of natural lighting this summer by opening window blinds in daylight hours to cut back on business energy costs.

2. Switch to energy saving lightbulbs

Using greener bulbs will cut energy usage and save money – they use up to 80% less energy than standard lamps and they don’t need to be replaced as often either, so you could keep your maintenance bills down.

3. Don’t switch on air conditioning too early

You may not need heating or air conditioning during mild spring or autumn days. Switch off heating when the temperature reaches 21°C. Air conditioning is not really needed until the temperature exceeds 23-24°C.

4. Maximise efficiency of air conditioning

If you do need air conditioning, help it stay efficient by keeping doors and windows shut. Usually, you can also switch air conditioning off over night.

5. Switch off computers overnight

Turning off a single monitor when it’s not in use and over the weekends could save your organisation up to £35 a year on business electricity bills.

6. Use “free” light by opening curtains and blinds whenever the sun is shining, and turning off the bulbs.

7. Only boil the water you need

We all love a tea break, but be careful how much water your employees are heating up. If we all only boiled the water we needed for a cup of tea, we’d save enough electricity a year to power the UK’s street lights for a month.

8. Update your technology

Old and out of date models of computers, fridges and even boilers tend to be far less energy efficient. Update to energy efficient products wherever possible.

9. Conduct an energy audit

Take regular meter readings around your premises to keep track of your energy consumption, that way you will know what processes use the most energy and will be able to identify areas where savings could be made.

10. Shop around & keep your knowledge at bay with the energy market. Changes in the environment, weather and global disasters can affect the price of your energy when it comes to renew.

Remember, saving is making. If you haven’t got time to do the shopping, Brokers/Consultants are often the best people to speak to – www.energy4you.co.uk

Do you have any energy saving tips of your own to add to our list? We would love to hear your comments and ideas.