20 Sep 2022
The energy industry has united once again for Gas Safety Week. For businesses, it’s a chance to have open discussions about gas safety in the workplace and make sure everything is being done to keep people safe and operations running smoothly.
However, given the current energy climate and on-going market uncertainty, it’s likely that high energy prices and how to manage them will remain the biggest concern on everyone’s mind. As such, this year’s event is a chance for businesses to reconsider their wider energy strategy and find new ways to reduce outgoing spend no matter what industry you’re in.
Now in its twelfth year, Gas Safety Week is a useful time for businesses to think about safety measures like servicing and maintenance plans. But this year, it represents an opportunity for savvy businesses to use the momentum to broaden their focus onto energy efficiency and sustainability ahead of winter.
Since energy is one of the biggest expenses facing many businesses, understanding exactly what, where and when energy is being wasted is the first step to lowering bills and reducing costs. If you would like to find out the reasons behind why energy prices are so high, you can do so here. But where should businesses begin?
Whether it’s old buildings or inefficient equipment, the common areas where businesses waste energy are generally across the following:
As we get closer to winter, heating premises affordably with minimal waste will be high on many agendas. Things to look out for include heat loss from draughts, heating areas unnecessarily, and poorly placed thermostats. In many buildings, draughts alone account for up to 10% of heat loss. Quick fixes in these areas can all help lower your energy bills. Alternatively, replacing old inefficient boilers with a new highly efficient, low carbon alternative can form part of a more long-term sustainability strategy.
Like heating, air conditioning equipment is vulnerable to many of the same issues that push energy bills up unnecessarily including old, inefficient systems, poor insulation and thermostats that compete against each other. While installing a new energy efficient system is the ideal scenario for long-term benefits, refining your current setup can help reduce waste in the short term.
If your business operates inside any kind of building, poor lighting practices will quickly add up. And while traditional incandescent light bulbs and halogen spotlights are expensive to run, leaving lights on or lighting your business out of hours is just as likely to bump up your bill. However, upgrading to LED lighting or installing automatic controls can be a simple fix to a costly problem. In an office building, installing the right lights can reduce energy costs by up to 15%.
Many people know that IT equipment burns energy, even in standby mode. Yet it’s easy to fall into bad habits and forget to use the energy-saving features on things like monitors and printers. A simple reminder encouraging staff to turn computers and monitors off at night can save up to £35 a year per desk.
We want to help you on your journey to reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you already have an agreed action plan or you’re just getting started, Gas Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to revisit your energy strategy for efficiency and long-term sustainability.
Read about how we can hep your business save, reuse and manage your energy sustainably.
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