Winter energy saving checklist
From faulty boilers and draughty windows to increased demands on electricity, energy efficiency can be a real challenge for businesses during the winter.
Follow our helpful checklist to make sure your business is prepared.
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- Clearly label light switches and ensure everyone switches them off when leaving rooms and at the end of the day.
- Take a regular floor walk to show your commitment to energy efficiency and see where you could save energy. Are there any draughts? Are computers left on when not in use?
- Sign up for Direct Debit to get a discount on your energy bills and help to spread your payments.
- Avoid positioning thermostats in cold or draughty areas. Likewise, avoid areas with fluctuating temperatures such as computer server rooms or near machinery that produces heat.
- Check if your office equipment includes energy-saving features such as sleep mode.
- Your boiler will have to work much harder during winter so get it serviced to make sure it's working efficiently. We can service your boiler and cover any breakdowns with Careplan.
- It may sound obvious, but make sure staff keep windows and doors closed when the heating is on to minimise heat loss.
- Avoid overheating lesser used areas.
- Review your historic energy bills so you can be aware of energy use peaks and act accordingly.
- Cold weather can affect your boiler. Keep our 24 Hour Emergency Helpline number to hand so you can act quickly if it breaks down. Call 0800 294 8563.
- Raise staff awareness of energy usage at work and share energy-saving tips.
- Empower staff by setting up a company 'green team' charged with putting energy-efficiency measures and awareness campaigns into practice.
- Smaller businesses could appoint an individual energy efficiency champion to promote and encourage energy saving behaviour throughout your business.
- Set company energy reduction targets at the start of the winter and reward success.
- Motivate behavioural change by creating a sense of fun competition within the business. Challenge individuals or departments to see who can save the most energy this winter.
Invest to save
Sometimes it’s necessary to invest in energy efficient measures in order to save energy – and money – in the longer term. Worthwhile investments to reduce your business energy consumption include:
- Install timer switches to turn things off at the end of the day.
- Insulate your hot water boiler and lag your pipes to save energy and prevent burst pipes in cold weather.
- Insulate your building's roof and external wall cavities.
- Install presence detector sensors and timer switches to make sure lighting and appliances aren't left on when not needed.
- Fit energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Update older business equipment with more energy efficient versions. Older appliances such as computers waste more energy than newer models.
- Think about flexibility when installing new lighting. Darker or less used areas should have lighting that can be switched on and off independently of other lights.
- Consider replacing your boiler with a new A rated, energy efficient one and you could save money off your business heating bills.
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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