You may notice an increase in your business energy costs during winter, as cold weather conditions increase demand for energy.

However, this doesn’t need to be the case and you can save energy and put money back into your pocket by taking certain precautions.

Also, educating staff on using only what they need, when they need it, can help you ensure that your business energy costs are kept to a minimum.

Here are 7 easy measures to help you save on business energy costs this winter.

1.Never leave lights on in unoccupied rooms

With winter in full swing, we rely more on lighting to provide better visibility in the workplace. While it may seem like a given, you should encourage employees to turn lights off in rooms that are unoccupied.

It’s also a good idea to install light sensors that automatically turn on when the room is occupied and off when it’s unoccupied.

2. Keep the cold air out

Rather than having to rely on a heater, you should make surethat your business is properly insulated. Seal gaps around windows and draught-proof wall cavities throughout the building to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

3. Switch off appliances that are not in use

While in standby mode, appliances can use up to 50% of the electricity they use when operating. Remind employees to switch off all computers and other equipment that isn’t being used.

4. Install ceiling insulation

By insulating the ceiling of your office space, you’ll improve the energy efficiency in your business and make it up to 5% warmer during winter. As much as 40% of heat is lost through the roof of buildings that are not insulated.

5. Make use of blinds

Window blinds and curtains can also help improve thermal insulation and prevent heat loss.

6. Get a smart meter

Smart meters will help your business to save time and manage costs. A business electricity smart meter uses the same technology as mobile phones to send suppliers meter readings remotely, securely and reliably.

By having your monthly meter readings, you can make sure your bills are more accurate and help you manage your energy usage.

7. Use energy-efficient light bulbs

As mentioned above, we use more lighting during winter months. Try replacing any old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent bulbs. LEDs can help save you as much as 80% on electricity.

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