4 reasons your business should perform an energy audit

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Energy efficiency is something many businesses struggle with. Even those that are on top of their company’s energy needs can often benefit from taking another look. That’s why, to ring in the New Year, anyone running their own business should perform an energy audit to optimise their energy consumption.

In simplest terms, an energy audit just means taking stock of where your business uses energy and how much you’re using. From there, you can work out energy saving strategies based on what you find. The process can be as simple as just taking a walk around your premises to spot what kind of potential losses you’re taking.

If you’re still not convinced though, here’s four reasons why your business should perform an energy audit.

  1. Cutting costs

One of the most obvious reasons to audit your energy use comes with the money you’ll save by doing so. Energy isn’t free, so anything you can do to reduce your usage means more money in the bank. This could be as simple as making it company policy to unplug electrical appliances that aren’t in use and switching to more efficient light bulbs to more complex solutions like reformatting or updating technology to run more efficiently. It all depends on what’s most feasible for you.

  1. Going green

Saving the planet is also high on the list of reasons to audit your business. Not literally, of course, as one small business making their operation more efficient probably won’t reverse the effects of climate change. Even so, it all helps, and doing your bit to run things in a more energy-conscious and sustainable way is a responsibility you hold to your community and the world. Being more conservative with the temperature thermostat and incorporating tips like lower energy light bulbs from the last point are all ways you can help, especially in conjunction with non-energy related changes you can make.

  1. Complying with regulation

Unless you just enjoy paying fines or risking a shutdown, auditing your energy usage is a smart move for anyone who wants to comply with the latest government regulations. A few to keep abreast of, depending on the business you’re in, include Gas Safety Certificates, Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). As always, check to make sure you’re in compliance with government regulation and do your research, so you know what to look for. If all else fails, hire a professional to give you a hand.

  1. Running more efficiently

When your business as an entity runs more efficiently, so do you and your employees. Making it company policy to run things in a more energy-conscious manner with proactive steps to engage your employees in your energy saving plans, can really inspire the whole workforce to achieve more.

These are merely a handful of reasons to conduct an energy audit on your business. There are loads more you could find with a little self-reflection, but the bottom line is that it’s the right thing to do, both for your business, the environment, and yourself and your employees. Don’t ignore your energy consumption, as it could cost you dearly in the long run.

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