For some businesses, Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Hiring extra staff and working long hours to meet the demands of the company can be expected when preparing for Christmas.

Have you considered the effect this can have on your energy consumption over the festive season?

Here are some opportunities to actually save on energy over Christmas:

1. Turn your heating down

If an employee does tend to feel the cold more than others, make sure they are dressed appropriately for the cooler climate. If you work in a warehouse or factory, you could provide your staff with cosy fleeces to keep warm.

Ensuring that your employees are comfortable whilst at work is important to maintain performance and boost morale.

Lowering the thermostat by just one degree could help you save on gas and electricity, cutting your energy bills by 8%.

2. Optimise your heating system

During quieter moments over the Christmas period, it may be economical to turn off any heaters or radiators in unoccupied areas. An energy-efficient portable heater (such as a halogen heater which heats up and cools down quickly) may be more suitable.

3. Shut all doors

To retain the heat, you should aim to keep internal and external doors closed. If this isn’t possible, a heater with climate control can help to keep the temperature stable. They can also be a temporary fix if there is a failure in the building heating system.

4. Boiler maintenance

UK businesses could save over £400m a year by maintaining the performance of hot water boilers. Don’t let your boiler shut down over Christmas. Get your boiler serviced to keep your gas appliance working as safely and efficiently as possible all year round.

5. Cost-effective

• Optimise energy efficiency by insulating your building’s roof and external wall cavities
• Reset timers and replace old controls to help save on heating costs
• Fitting insulation panels behind radiators will reflect the heat back from the wall behind the radiators into the room

Cutting your energy costs gives you extra money to spend however you want, whether it’s a treat for your employees or for business development in the New Year.

Do you have any suggestions on how to heat your work space over the Christmas period? If so, leave a comment below.

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