Businesses are always looking to save money where possible, especially in these financially turbulent times. There are many measures that you can take to cut your expenditure, but, surely, the more exciting consideration is how you spend the money you’ve saved.

Here are five energy-saving ideas for your business.

1. Shutting down computers = Office Christmas partyWhere can you save money for your business, and what can it be spent on? British Gas Business blog image of a Christmas party

If your business is office-based, it’s likely that all your staff use a computer. Statistics from British Gas have found that turning off a computer and monitor overnight and at weekends could save up to £35 a year per machine – enough for a slap up meal for everyone at Christmas.

2. Closing windows = Ice cream for everyoneWhere can you save money for your business, and what can it be spent on? British Gas Business blog image of ice cream

In the summer, air conditioning can be a bone of contention in offices: some people like the constant coolness and others prefer a breath of fresh air from outside. Whichever you decide on, stick with it, as fluctuations in temperature can increase your bills. You can spend the money saved on buying everyone in the office a cooling ice cream.

3. Turning off lights = Going home earlyWhere can you save money for your business, and what can it be spent on? British Gas Business blog image of light bulb

Many offices are ablaze with light from morning until night, regardless of whether it’s needed or not. Not only does natural light make the work environment a nicer place to be, but keeping unnecessary lights switched off could cut your lighting costs by a whopping 15 per cent. If you were a very kind boss, you could translate that saving into an afternoon off for your employees.

4. Turning down the temperature = A lovely hot drink

If you’re concerned about business gas prices there is a simple solution. You could simply turn your thermostat down by just one degree so no one will notice the difference. This could make a good enough saving on your bills to invest in a proper coffee maker for your employees so they can all enjoy a warming beverage in the cold winter months.

5. Boiling enough water for tea = Office biscuitsWhere can you save money for your business, and what can it be spent on? British Gas Business blog image of biscuits

For many of us, filling the kettle up to the brim before putting it on to boil is just a bad habit. However, business gas and electricity prices mean you should think before you switch on, and only boil the amount of water that you actually need. This will save energy, and therefore money, and you can spend that cash on a weekly supply of biscuits for the office kitchen.

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