As energy costs continue to rise and we head into the coldest months of the year, we know just how important it is for businesses to keep costs low whilst being able to heat and run their business this winter.
Having control over your business’ energy consumption, paying close attention to your usage and keeping bills low, could help as we enter a difficult period of time economically. At D-ENERGi we are supporting businesses of all sizes, offering our advice to business energy customers in this time of much needed support. Here we have outlined some of our best advice for keeping energy consumption low in the business environment (particularly offices) throughout winter.
Reduce heating temperatures by just 1℃
Many will be preparing themselves for a cold winter and believing that it will feel even colder with managers switching heating systems off completely to curb the energy costs. Interestingly, however, this does not need to be the case. In the vast majority of cases, simply dropping the heating by only 1℃ can cut consumption by 8%! So, you don’t have to bundle up in coats and scarves while sitting at your desk.
Set timers to match your working hours
Plenty of businesses are guilty of using energy they don’t actually require. So many offices leave lights on overnight and devices plugged in 24/7. One way to reduce your business’ energy consumption is to simply set timers on your lighting and electrical devices so these are only connected when the office is in action. Heating and lighting should all be automatically set to turn off at the end of the day, the same time everyday.
For those who wish to work later into the day, you may wish to provide individuals with desk lamps to provide light to only where it is needed.
Aim for a comfortable working temperature
Although the outdoor temperature plummets into the winter months, there is no reason why the heating inside an office, particularly smaller offices, should exceed a comfortable temperature. In fact, the lowest comfortable working temperature is between 18–21℃ depending on the workplace. As mentioned above, dropping your thermostat down just a few degrees will cut energy consumption by a large amount. It is also important to note that warmth in offices doesn’t just come from the heating system but also the lights, the many people and other devices that are running continuously.
Upgrade your lighting to LED lights
A big expense for business energy customers is outdated lighting. If possible, and within budget, an upgrade to LED lights will help lower your energy costs. LED bulbs are far more energy efficient than standard incandescent bulbs and will last much longer. LED lights provide businesses low-maintenance, low cost lighting that does the job and is the more sustainable option!
Consider installing a business smart meter
A great way for businesses to keep on top of their business energy consumption, monitoring usage, is to install a business smart meter. At D-ENERGi we offer business smart meters to our customers, no matter what industry you are in. If you are an energy-conscious business, or simply seeking ways to save your business money, the benefits of a business energy smart meter should not be underestimated. To find out more, why not get in touch with us and arrange a business smart meter install today!