These days it is virtually impossible to a run business without heavily relying on energy. With the use of energy, businesses can increase productivity and effectiveness. But energy consumption and its price directly impact the cost of running a business. With the constantly increasing energy prices, lowering your energy usage is a good business practice as it saves on expenses.
Many businesses are using more energy than necessary. This is not only detrimental to the planet but also lowers the business’ profits. There are several simple things that businesses can do that could save substantial amounts of energy; which in turn would keep energy bills to a minimum.
1. Undertake a Commercial EPC Assessment
An effective first step to cut down on energy costs is to undergo a commercial EPC assessment. A non-domestic or commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate that outlines the energy efficiency of a commercial or non-domestic property. All commercial buildings including factories, retail premises, offices, and public sector buildings must have an EPC certificate whenever they are rented, sold or built. To obtain an EPC, a commercial building must be assessed by a trained and accredited energy assessor.
An EPC assessment determines a building’s energy efficiency as well as recommends ways in which to improve its energy efficiency. From your EPC analysis, you will achieve a better understanding of how your businesses’ energy is being used. If a business accurately carries out the EPC assessment’s recommendations it will boost the property’s value and will lower a businesses’ energy bills.
2. Switch Off Lights and Equipment That Are Not In Use
These days, offices are filled with many electrical appliances and equipment. When appliances are in standby mode they are still using power. A study completed by Energy Saving Trust revealed that between 9-16% of the electricity consumption is used to power appliances that are in standby mode. It is, therefore, crucial to remind employees to switch off all unused appliances and equipment.
It is easy to forget a light is switched on when leaving a room but if this becomes common practice it will significantly increase your energy bill. Installing light sensors that automatically switch on and off depending on the room’s occupancy is a great way to prevent any unnecessary energy consumption. Dimmers are another option to help control energy consumption.
3. Install LED Light Bulbs
Switching to LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs may seem like a small step but it is one that can significantly add up over time. LED light bulbs are a lot more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs. By switching just one bulb you could save around £100 over two years. That is some substantial potential savings if you consider how many lightbulbs are used in your office/business space.
Energy-efficient bulbs also last a lot longer than incandescent light bulbs. This longevity combined with their energy-saving abilities will more than cover the initial higher price tag of the LED bulbs. These benefits make switching your lightbulbs to LED ones truly worthwhile – and it is an incredibly easy change to make.
4. Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are a worthy investment. Having a programmable thermostat installed will pay for itself in no time. Smart thermostats ensure no unnecessary energy is used when no one is in the office/workspace – such as at night and over weekends and holidays.
When it comes to thermostats, even one degree can make a significant difference in your energy consumption. The majority of most energy bills come from heating costs. Therefore, by encouraging staff to dress warmly to work you will be able to keep your heating costs as low as possible.
5. Draught-Proof Your Office
It is important to make sure your business space is airtight as this can have a significant impact on your energy usage. Any cold air that is coming in will require you to use more energy to compensate for it. Make sure your business space is properly insulated by sealing any gaps around windows, doors, and wall cavities.
Up to 40% of heat can be lost through a roof that is not insulated. This will cause a dramatic increase in your energy needs. By insulating the ceilings of your business space you will significantly improve your business’ energy efficiency.
These five simple suggestions can dramatically improve your business’ energy efficiency. If you are interested in even more suggestions and a thorough assessment of your business’ energy usage, our EPC London team is here to help!