How many of us think about how much energy single appliances cost to run? Probably not enough of us, but for business owners this could make a real difference to business energy bills.

Take a look at some of the worst culprits and see how to cut down on these unnecessary costs.

Tools of the trade

It’s a given these days that you just couldn’t run an office without computers. Running a single desktop computer however, costs you 270 Watts and £6.28 each, based on a typical working day.

Think that doesn’t sound like a lot? Well multiply that cost by the amount of computers you have in the office and then take a look at the monthly total. Computers aren’t quite so cheap after all.

That night-time switch-off is important to help save the pounds, so keep reminding everyone to switch appliances off if they’re not using them and you’ll soon notice the costs drop whilst you save on energy.

Tea anyone?

On average it takes as much as energy to boil a litre of water as it does to run a refrigerator for seven hours – coffee makers are even worse!

One way to reduce energy usage is to only boil as much water as you need. Kettles have measurements printed on them so you can fill it to exactly the right amount.

And there’s no need to ban coffee in the office, just make sure your team remembers to switch off the coffee machine after they’ve used it.

You could even cutting down on caffeine as part of a wider healthy living office strategy. People could be sponsored to give up coffee and donate the money to your favourite charity – you’d be doing a good deed in more ways than one.

Keeping cool

Summers spent in a stuffy office aren’t much fun for anyone and they certainly won’t be for you when you realise that your central air conditioning takes a whopping 5000 Watts to run.

When it comes to keeping cool in the office, you’ve got a choice: windows or air conditioning. You certainly shouldn’t be using both, for not only is this an enormous waste of money, it won’t keep you much cooler at all.

The same goes with keeping warm in the winter. Gas fired boilers are great but you won’t love them so much when you get your business gas bill through. Don’t leave them on overnight just so you can be toasty first thing in the morning.  If you get too hot, switch them off and keep the windows closed so you don’t let all that valuable heat go to waste.

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