How to create an energy smart business

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It’s more important than ever to future-proof your business and its assets. This includes, of course, making sure your business is truly energy smart.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur working from home, or on the board of an FTSE 500, you should set the challenge of creating an energy smart business. Today, savvy sole traders know that there’s far more to energy efficiency in business than turning off the lights and computers at night.

For entrepreneurs, there hasn’t been a more promising time to create and maintain or transform an efficient business.

Have an eye for the future 

Is 2014 the year you’re setting up in business? Amongst the excitement (and sleepless nights), focus on getting systems, providers and business gas prices right first time. The good news is that there are plenty of experts ready to support you and give honest advice about business energy.

Assess how you’ll use your building and pinpoint areas which are ripe for energy saving (from insulation to business gas and electricity use). Talk to your tax advisor or accountant for professional advice on energy savings which qualify for business tax relief.

It is all in the detail

Perhaps this is the year you convert your existing SME into a more energy smart business. Take some time to perform a building audit to pinpoint areas which need improvement. Are you losing heat due to poorly fitting windows or doors? When did you most recently consider the heating or lighting patterns in your building?

Don’t forget, there are plenty of grants available for small businesses wanting to make their buildings more energy efficient. Make use of them, because they’re designed to help people like you!

Being energy smart is an important way to future proof your business and also boosts your bottom line. How will you make your business more energy efficient this year?

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