Winter business calendar
Use this calendar below to help your business prepare for winter and lower your energy consumption.
Blog on winter
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- Report on your greenhouse gas emissions as part of your directors report. See the gov.uk website for guidance on greenhouse gas emissions.
- Cover your boiler for any breakdowns over the winter season as well as an annual service by signing up for Careplan.
- Once the audit is complete, share findings and discuss ways to save energy with other staff.
- Analyse previous winter bill history to see when energy use starts to rise. Plan ahead to be more energy aware at this time.
- Clocks go back an hour this month so adjust your lighting and heating controls to avoid wasting energy.
- The workplace will be getting dark earlier by now. Remember to turn off lights and other appliances before you leave the building. Consider installing task lighting instead of overhead lighting.
- Motivate behavioural change by displaying energy saving posters, stickers and fast facts around the workplace. These are most effective when placed at sites of frequent energy misuse e.g. doors, computers and kettles.
- Avoid estimated bills and see the benefits of your winter energy-saving efforts by submitting meter readings on time.
- If you haven't already, it's time to sign up to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Reduction Scheme.
- Check heating settings to avoid overheating the workplace. Heating typically accounts for 50% of all energy used in offices. Every 1°C of overheating can increase energy costs by 8%*
- If your business is closing over the Christmas holiday, notify staff in advance with an updated energy saving policy for this period.
- Do you need to leave overhead lights on when the workplace is empty? Lighting a typical office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1000 cups of tea**.
- Re-adjust heating settings ahead of people coming back to work so the ambient temperature is warm and comfortable.
- Make a list of business energy-saving New Year's resolutions. Display these around the premises and reward energy efficient behaviour throughout the year.
- If you haven't already, spread your payments and get a discount by signing up to pay your energy bills by Direct Debit.
- Christmas might be over but the harshest weather could be on its way. Insulate supply and water pipes to protect them during icy conditions.
- Is this the month to upgrade your boiler? Replace your old boiler with an A-rated energy efficient one and you could save money off your energy bills.
- Don't let heavy snow and prolonged freezing conditions bring your business to a standstill. Plan ahead by setting a cold weather policy and discussing logistics and energy-saving with your teams.
- Good heating and insulation are important for customers as well as staff. A comfortable, well lit environment set to the right temperature will make it easier to attract business during the gloomy winter months.
- Make sure signage is still visible during low light and bad weather and ensure parking and customer facilities are safe and accessible.
- Clocks go forward an hour this month to mark the start of British Summer Time so adjust lighting and heating controls.
- Maximise any natural light as the days get longer by making sure windows and skylights are clean.
- Review how your new commitment to winter energy-saving has gone. Make a note of any learnings and actions to plan for the following year.
Source: * and ** The Carbon Trust
Note: This information is for information purposes only and should not be taken as a recommendation that all products and/or services will be suitable for all customers.
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