It’s not too late to start saving energy this winter

January is a great time for evaluating past behaviour and setting good intentions for the year ahead. Here are our top five business resolutions for an energy efficient 2014.

1. Have an energy check-up

If you’ve already been putting our winter energy-saving advice into practice, you should by now be starting to see a reduction in your business energy use.

If you’ve not started, or are not yet seeing the results you had hoped for, our winter energy checklist will help you recap on ways to save whilst our winter calendar will guide you through the rest of the colder months.

Click here to view our winter energy checklist and calendar

2. Seek opinions

Although you will naturally have the inside scoop on how your business operates, talking to those responsible for its day to day running will give you an extra level of insight. Expecting people to change their behaviour can be the hardest part of any energy efficiency programme, but involving staff and seeking opinions is the best way to inspire change from the bottom up.

3. Empower staff

Saving energy during the winter needn’t be a solo plight. Harnessing enthusiastic individuals or setting up company ‘Green Teams’ is a great way to get the whole business involved. From finding out what’s already working – and what’s not – to co-ordinating new initiatives and getting everyone on board, empowering staff as energy ambassadors could be your greatest energy-saving ally.

Read more about our own British Gas ‘Green Team’ here

4. Spend to save

It might not feel like it, but when it comes to saving energy – and helping your bottom line – sometimes investing money is the best way to make significant savings.

From quick hit measures like fitting energy efficient light bulbs and replacing out of date office equipment to longer term investments such as fitting solar panels and installing lighting sensors, ‘spend to save’ is a motto to keep in mind this year.
If your heating system has seen better days, take advantage of our winter boiler sale and receive up to £400 off a new boiler offer and get 2014 off to a more energy efficient start.

Find out more here

5. Spread your costs

If budgeting is a key resolution for 2014, signing up to our CarePlan service will help keep your heating appliances running smoothly throughout the year whilst spreading costs with an affordable monthly payment.

Find out more here

Other ways to budget include being aware of Government initiatives such as the Green Deal and Energy Performance Partnerships, which provide funding and financial incentives for businesses who adopt energy efficient strategies.

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.

View industry specific energy infographics here

You can find a host of winter energy-saving tips, insight and expertise on our website to help you and your business this winter.

Tap into a wealth of expert knowledge at britishgas.co.uk/winterplanning

Source 1: Carbon Trust

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