Five practical tips to cut your office energy bills this winter

To ensure you?re not burning money, you?ll need to get your staff on board. By showing them these figures, they?ll get a clearer idea of how much their bad habits are costing the company.?

4) Encourage flexible working

A report by the Institute of Leadership & Management found that almost 94 per cent of UK organisations offer flexible working provisions to staff in some way.?

Businesses are under increasing pressure to improve the work-life balance of their employees, and this has resulted in new challenges from an energy-saving perspective. Some companies have essentially extended their office hours to allow staff to take advantage of more convenient shift patterns, which obviously means energy is being used for longer.?

It?s the little things that business owners tend to forget about, such as the cost of keeping the car park lights on after hours, which can really make a dent into their bottom line.

On the flip side, modern technology has enabled us to work whenever and wherever we please, which should benefit SMEs from a costs angle. If you can encourage your staff to work from home just one or two days a week, you can cut down on your office energy consumption and your workers will be happy that they don?t have to deal with the gruelling daily commute. Everyone?s happy!

5) Check out the competition

Why is it that so many small business owners are yet to switch their energy supplier? For far too long, companies have been plodding along on a rollover energy tariff, paying far too much for their gas and electricity in the process.?

Customer loyalty is not always rewarded by energy suppliers and the fact that consumer organisations are already lobbying against the existence of ?rollover? contracts shows just how unfair there are, capitalising on business owner apathy. However, thanks to increasing awareness, it appears that business owners are finally realising that they?ve been missing a trick.?

The length of time it takes to switch providers continues to shorten, and it seems the long-term aim is to get changeovers completed within 24 hours. The whole process is stress-free and the potential gains are great. My business, Love Energy Savings, for example, can help businesses to save an average of ?1,772 at a time. Time is no longer an excuse, and neither is ignorance.

Phil Foster is the MD of Love Energy Savings.

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