Business energy efficiency: A note on choosing a supplierWhen it comes to choosing a supplier that will help you get your business energy efficiency in order, there are a couple of things to consider. Ethical energy sources are often more expensive, and if your priority is making improvements to your bottom line this might be off-putting. However, energy suppliers are required by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to publish the percentage of electricity from renewable sources (known as a “fuel mix”). You can access this information for free, and use it to make an informed choice. If choosing a green supplier is a priority but the price is still a concern, you might find it worthwhile taking a look at five-year fixed term contracts which allow you to budget with certainty.
Business energy efficiency: Every-day choicesIf you choose a fixed-rate tariff for your energy supply, it’s important to note that the fixed price is per unit of energy – not a fixed price per month. For this reason, it is worth making sensible, energy conserving choices. Here are some things you can do to make your business more energy efficient: • Turn it off – Make it a habit not to leave lights on when there’s nobody in the room. If you have a busy office, it may be that there are usually people coming and going. But if you have, say, a team of ten or fewer, why leave the kitchen and bathroom lights on all the time? • Make the switch – Following in that theme, take a look at what type of lighting you’re using. LED lights don’t cost as much to run and they are a greener option • Educate yourself – Find out where and when you use the most energy – are you using the heating while the windows are open? Is the heating or air conditioning on when it’s not needed? Consider getting a programmable thermostat so you are only using energy when you need it • Get an audit – If you want a really thorough understanding of your energy use, you can get an external audit. This might be useful if you use energy in peaks and troughs. One thing that’s crucial to become a leaner, greener business is educating your staff – you can’t do it without them, especially if you’re not always in the office to police it. Try leaving notes by light switches, or leaving a suggestions box open for staff to give their own two cents – if you’re dedicated to improving business energy efficiency you have to be dedicated to constant improvements.
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