It’s not exactly something new, but the clock change at the end of October always seems to catch some people out. This year it will happen on the 28th October, so mark the date in your diaries now!
While it’s great news that you get the extra hour in bed, there are some obvious implications that all business owners need to consider as we move forward into the winter months. Commercial electricity suppliers tend to see an increase in demand from the time of the clock change until the Spring.
Adjust your timers
With clocks changing, business owners will need to ensure that they make the corresponding changes and adjustments to their timers for lights and heating. If you don’t do this, you may find that you need to turn on your heating and lights outside of the predicted hours, which in turn will end up costing you more. So rather than wasting energy, make sure you’re well prepared.
Make changes to save energy
The changing of the clocks heralds the arrival of winter, and with that in mind it’s time to start thinking about ways in which you can save energy at a time when business electricity and gas usage tends to peak. Rather than simply accept that your bills will be higher at this time of year, why not take some active steps to ensure that you keep energy usage, and costs, down.
By communicating with your workforce, you can take simple steps to help make sure you only pay for energy that you need this winter. For example, rather than have your staff leave computers on overnight, encourage them to shut them down fully. Modern IT equipment often has energy saving features, so use it! This can help you save energy, and money. For example, did you know that leaving a computer and monitor switched on 24 hours a day will cost around £45 a year, while switching them off out of hours and enabling standby features could reduce this to less than £10 a year? That’s a massive saving when amplified per machine in your business.
British Gas has produced an energy saving calendar and checklist to help businesses keep costs down over the winter months, as well as handy energy-saving guides tailored to your business type and sector.