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10 incredibly simple ways your business can save energy and money

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6. Forget screen savers

To save money, ask staff to use the power-down settings on their PCs or entirely switch off monitors. This is an easy way to save on electricity.

7. Focus on water usage

There are usually ways in which a business can cut down on its water usage. Check that toilets are flushing properly and not leaking or flushing at night. Install water-saving devices in cisterns where possible.

Install a hot tap rather than using a kettle in the staff kitchen. Make sure taps aren’t dripping, either. It’s well worth checking your water consumption regularly to see if there are sudden spikes which indicate an unresolved wastage issue or servicing requirement.

8. Reduce waste

This is a great area in which to get staff involved. Even small changes to daily business operations can make huge cost savings and minimise the business’s carbon impact. For example, could your printer settings be adjusted so that all hard-copy prints are produced on double-sided print runs rather than single-sided

Could you buy recycled printer cartridges rather than new ones Could you streamline your purchasing to minimise stock requirements and buy stationery in bulk to enjoy greater discounts Be creative, measure the results, incentivise positive behaviours and see the savings flow in.

9. Focus on insulation

There is no point in spending a fortune on heating bills if 35 per cent of that warmth is just floating away through the walls and another 25 per cent through the roof typical figures for a building without adequate cavity wall or loft insulation. Installing double-glazing can cut heat loss by half, and even keeping doors closed can cut energy bills by ten per cent.

10. Look at renewables

Could you invest in solar PV panels or a biomass boiler to save on non-renewable energy costs and reduce your business waste

What other measures is your business looking at to save on energy bills Review your supplier base and see if you could save money by switching to a more competitive tariff.

Tom Corkhill is head of ecommerce at Anchor Pumps

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