The summer season couldn’t be closer, and while you may be welcoming the warmer weather with open arms, your energy bills can quickly add up.
With temperatures rising, there are several things you can do to make sure that your energy costs don’t rise with the heat.
Here are some tips to help your business some money this summer.
Keep the cool air in
With the hot sun beating down on us, many businesses will crank up the air conditioner without second thought.
If you have an existing air conditioning system in place, you may want to think about servicing or repairing it to help keep the system running smoothly and efficiently.
Insulating your business premises doesn’t just keep the cold air out in the winter, it also prevents hot air from getting in during the summer. If using air conditioning, remember to keep windows and doors shut to keep the cool air from flowing out.
According to the Department of Energy, you can also save 10 per cent a year on your cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 7°- 10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
Service your boiler
Summer is the best time to make sure your business boiler is in good shape before winter. An annual service by a Gas Safe registered engineer should help catch any problems, keeping your business safe and warm throughout the year. If it turns out that your boiler needs a little more than just a service, it’s much easier dealing with it in summer when it is warm, when you’re not as dependent on it.
Preventing problems with your boiler helps avoid unnecessary hassles to your business routine. A faulty boiler could waste you money on energy and might even start leaking poisonous carbon monoxide.
Make the most of natural lighting
It may sound obvious, but many businesses still struggle to achieve maximum efficiency when it comes to office lighting.
Apart from using fluorescent bulbs that use around about 75 per cent less energy than standard light bulbs, you can make use of natural light coming into your office.
You may need to figure out where the sun will be and when, and rearrange the layout of your business space accordingly. Move desks around so that they are not in direct line with the main window when the sun is beaming in throughout the afternoon. This way you can keep your blinds open and your lights off.
Here are some easy other ways you can help feel more comfortable during the summer months:
- If there is a heatwave, relaxing business dress may help staff morale
- Using a fan can help increase the efficiency of an air conditioning system
- Turn off anything which creates heat when not in use, such as printers and monitors
- If you’re not making use of air conditioning, open windows and doors to prevent stuffiness
Many business leaders tend to pay more attention to their energy consumption during the winter months, however for every pound that they save on lower heating bills, they’re likely to be spending the same amount, if not more on air conditioning.
Also, don’t assume that you have to wait until the winter before you take serious control of your energy usage. Start today!
You may also want to read:
Checklist: 10 ways to save energy in the workplace