British Gas has created a range of new online guides packed full of tips and advice aimed at helping companies manage and cut costs during the colder months.

The move was sparked by the energy giant receiving a surge in the number of businesses needing emergency repair work in the last few months. Since summer 2012 there has been a massive 60% increase in calls.

Despite the UK still enjoying relatively mild autumnal weather, businesses are being urged to think ahead and ensure they have all their bases covered for the winter months ahead.

From ensuring preventative checks are taken on gas and electrical equipment, to managing energy consumption and costs; managing your business electricity and gas correctly now during the milder months can have a real impact on energy costs. For example, simple energy efficiency measures such as energy-saving lamps and the correct setting of room temperatures could cut energy bills by up to 20%, according to the Carbon Trust.

Cold comfort

The winter energy-saving advice is part of British Gas’ innovative Energy Made Simple online hub, aimed at helping businesses better understand information about the energy they use.

Now British Gas has added new online winter guides, tips, tools and advice, all of which are easily available to businesses to read or download and take away.

Seasonal checklists

Businesses in different sectors will be able to see via simple graphics how their typical energy consumption can change with the seasons. They will also have access to a winter energy-saving calendar and checklist which will provide seasonal tips, advice and suggestions for quick fixes and long-term energy savings. Because different businesses have different energy needs, British Gas has also created industry-specific energy-saving guides with tailored tips for offices, retailers, hotels, restaurants, manufacturers and the public sector.

Small changes and simple steps

Announcing the launch of the new tool, Angela Needle, Head of Energy Consultancy at British Gas Business, said businesses in the run up to winter should start to think about how they can effectively manage their energy consumption, and the checklist could include anything from lighting and central heating, to boilers and drainage systems.

She added: “The variable weather may have meant that preparing for winter hasn’t yet registered on businesses’ radars, but a cold spell could strike without warning. However, if this does happen, it shouldn’t be assumed that energy bills will skyrocket. Taking a controlled approach to energy management will enable businesses to control their costs.

What they’ll find is that it isn’t about making expensive energy efficiency investments, it’s about implementing small changes and taking simple steps.”

Visit www.britishgas.co.uk/businesswinter for more tips and advice on how to save energy and cut costs this winter.

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