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Commercial Energy Saving Tips

11/11/2020

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We’ve all heard energy saving tips for our homes, but are commercial energy saving tips for businesses any different?

We all know how to save energy at home. Turn off the lights. Make sure radiators are unblocked. Draught-proof your doors and windows. Insulate your walls and roof. Choose energy efficient appliances.

These are all common-sense tips that really do help you use energy more efficiently in your home. There’s an added benefit, too. Putting these tips into practice really does help you make long-term savings on your energy bills.

But are commercial energy saving tips any different? What does energy efficiency really look like for businesses? Whether you employ 500 people or 50, it’s always possible to save energy.

Commercial energy saving tips for small businesses

The best place to start is a DIY energy audit (check out our free guide to DIY energy audits here). Carrying out an energy audit gives you time and space to work out where you could be more energy efficient.

For most small businesses, saving energy is often down to common sense. Here are some simple tips to get you started:

1. Make sure radiators and heaters aren’t blocked by office furniture. This allows warm air to flow around the room more efficiently, so you don’t need to turn up the thermostat.

2. Make sure windows are washed regularly, inside and out. Maximising natural light sources means you can afford to keep artificial lighting switched off for a few extra minutes every day.

3. Make sure PCs, lighting, and other electrical equipment is switched off at the end of the day. This means you won’t spend money on electricity when nobody is in the office.

4. Invest in energy efficient technology moving forward. This doesn’t necessarily mean investing in things like smart thermostats, although you should certainly consider that. It means checking the energy efficiency rating on every piece of kit you buy. Get the most energy efficient equipment your business can afford.

5. Close doors when they don’t need to be open. This is vitally important for small shops with street access, but it’s also important for offices with internal doors. By keeping doors closed, rooms are warmer and less draughty. And that means you don’t need to turn up the thermostat.

Commercial energy saving tips for larger businesses

It might surprise you to know that we make the same recommendation to larger businesses that we make to small businesses: start with an energy audit.

An energy audit carried out by a qualified energy assessor will highlight areas of energy inefficiency and ways to improve. Your energy assessor will also provide you with an energy efficiency report, which will show recommended changes and estimated payback times.

1. Formulate a behavioural change plan for your colleagues. A behavioural change plan is all about encouraging your colleagues to adopt energy efficient behaviours in the office. Something as simple as turning off the kettles at the plug in communal kitchens can help make savings.

2. Create an energy efficiency team. This is a way to bring your colleagues into your energy efficiency drive. Ask them to implement your behavioural change plan. You could even ask them to help formulate that plan.

3. Make sure your employee policies reflect your energy efficiency drive. Enshrine energy efficiency behaviours in your employee handbook and policies. For instance, you could implement a compulsory computer shut down at the end of every day.

4. Use your facilities team. Your facilities team will be crucial for your energy efficiency efforts. Ask them to make sure that outlets and lights are switched off at the end of every day.

5. Implement the recommendations in your energy audit report. It will recommend things like lighting improvements, motion sensors, air conditioning and heating fixes. Think of energy efficiency as an investment. Energy efficiency improvements help you save money and pay for themselves. This means you have more money to put back into your business.

Get more commercial energy saving tips

For more help with your energy efficiency efforts, contact our energy experts at fairer@troocost.com or telephone 0808 164 222. We can give you more help and advice, and even help you arrange an energy audit.

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