The first step to planning an energy efficient winter is to conduct an audit.
Get on the floor
Walk around the premises looking for potential energy drains. From draughty windows to a front door that is always left open, every business will have energy weak spots that can be easily fixed.
Check your boiler
Although your heating system is probably still set to summer mode, a boiler that isn’t working properly will be less efficient and could let you down when the colder weather arrives. Now is the best time to get any heating appliances serviced.
Get everyone involved
Talk to staff about their energy use and see if savings can be made by empowering people to make changes. From switching off a computer at the end of the day to not over filling the office kettle, small steps by an individual can have a big business impact.
If getting staff to think about energy use feels like an impossible task, try motivating people with facts around the workplace that show how everyone can make a difference. Make energy efficiency a buzz term for staff early on and reward positive actions.
Put following in a right hand side box:
Overfilling your kettle costs the UK Â£68m* a year in energy.
*Source – The Energy Saving Trust.
And as with most things, leading by example is the best way to inspire change.
Be energy aware
Make a note of daylight saving dates and remember to change lighting and heating settings so you don’t waste energy unnecessarily.
Monitor your energy use online and always submit meter readings on time to avoid getting estimated bills.
Coping with snow days
We understand snow can play havoc on a business. From freezing temperatures and staff unable to get to work, to problems with suppliers and equipment.
But snow and icy weather needn’t put a freeze on your business. Thinking ahead about what staff will need to work from home and making sure your building, pipes and heating supplies are insulated will help see you through.
We’re with you all the way this winter
As a British Gas Business customer, you can be reassured about our winter energy know how. We’ve taken time to study seasonal energy usage in a range of different businesses, so our energy efficiency advice is tailored to your business type.
You can find a host of winter energy-saving tips, insight and expertise on our website to help you and your business this winter.
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.
*Source – The Energy Saving Trust.Â