If you’re a business owner then what better time to take a serious look at your energy usage than the start of a new year? Making a solid plan for the year ahead and the measures you plan to take to become more fuel efficient will really pay off in the long run.

Chances are that no matter how big or small your business, there are things you can do to save energy, money or carbon, making your business more efficient and more environmentally conscious too. Rather than making a general plan, why not pick one or two solid resolutions and circulate them among your staff so that you’re all on the same page?

Energy-saving initiatives come in many shapes and sizes so there’s no need to feel intimidated.
Consider simple resolutions such as:

• Switching off computers at the end of the day rather than using standby
• Keep windows closed and heating at a constant level
• Turn lights off whenever a room is left empty
• Turn the thermostat down by one degree
• Only boil the water you need in the kettle

These measures might seem small, but they can have a measurable impact on your monthly bills. To help you remind your employees of your new resolution, British Gas has designed a range of posters to highlight some easy and effective ways to reduce energy use. You can post anywhere you like or even make your own personalised posters so that you keep your resolutions in mind long after the initial enthusiasm of January.

If you’re feeling more ambitious you can opt for more substantial and long-term changes, such as installing motion-sensitive lighting or updating your boiler system.

With the introduction of the government’s new Energy Bill last November, there are now other ways to go green too. The bill makes it easier to access low-carbon energy sources with Feed in Tariffs allowing businesses to set up solar energy panels and pay off the investment using the energy that is generated, so you could start to rely less on fossil fuels and more on sustainable, renewable energy sources.

Whether you’re a new business looking for new connections for your energy supply, or you simply feel that you’re paying too much, it’s worth considering the ways you and your company use business gas and electricity to ensure that you’re making savings where you can and staying environmentally conscious in the process.

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