If the demands of your enterprise allow it, you could make significant savings on your business’s electricity and gas bills by letting the team work from home. And earn a few brownie points with your hard-working employees.

Lighting can account for up to 40% of a building’s electricity use

That means that, if you closed your workplace for two weeks this Christmas, you might make a saving of up to 20% on your monthly electricity bill.  And, if you’re an energy-conscious person, you might already be using energy-saving bulbs at home – meaning your own additional cost is minimised.  Of course, your employees will be paying the lighting bills at their own homes while they work – but that’s probably a small price to pay for the flexibility that comes with home-working.

However, if you really want to make the most of leaving the workplace unoccupied, remember to switch off all of your electrical devices at the wall – vampire devices left on standby can drain up to 16% of your energy bill.

Heating and hot water can account for half of a business’s energy costs – and half of its carbon emissions

Similarly, having your staff work from home might mean that you could make considerable savings on your business’s heating and hot water costs.  You might even be able to write off a relative proportion of your personal heating costs as a business expense while you work from home, depending on how much space is dedicated as a work area.

It’s not just savings in energy, either

If your business offers allowance for travel and meals, letting your employees work remotely might mean that you could avoid incurring these costs as well.  On top of that, you might not have to pay for cleaners and other associated services. While if you’re renting flexible office space, you may even be able to make a big saving on your rent.

Remember to make it as easy as possible for your home-workers

If your business usually functions primarily as an office-based hub, it might be difficult for your workers to adjust to home-working.  Make sure that they understand how often and at what times they’re expected to respond to communications. And do your best to ensure that they have as much access to and control over their usual tasks as they would at the workplace.

Where possible, put video communication to good use. Text-based emails and messages can leave a lot open to interpretation, and could lead to confusion and frustration.  But remember not to be too intrusive – a welcome bonus on top of the savings you’re making is that employees are free to balance their domestic and professional concerns as they see fit.

Has your business seen savings as a result of holiday home-working?  Or have you experienced disruptions that weren’t worth the lower costs?  If so, let us know.

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