Energy saving for retail businesses

There are savings to be made on the shop floor and in the back office, so get energy educated

Boost your efficiency and bottom line

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Lighting in retail businesses

  • Encourage staff to switch lights off when they’re not needed
  • Use movement detectors, time switches and daylight sensors
  • Install energy-efficient lights – LED lights could reduce energy wastage through heat from 95% to just 5%

Installing the right lights could reduce your lighting costs by up to 80%

Refrigeration in retail businesses

  • Keep fridge doors closed whenever possible
  • Regularly defrost and clean fridges
  • Check that the seals on cold rooms and fridges are intact
  • Keep the condensers and evaporators on your fridges and cooling equipment clean
  • If fridges only store fizzy drinks, turn them off after hours
  • Only use the appliance size you need – smaller appliances are likely to be cheaper to run

When buying new refrigerators, A+++ is the most efficient rating

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IT equipment

Turning computers and monitors off at night can save £35 a year per desk

Heating in retail businesses

  • In warm weather, turn down the heating rather than opening the windows
  • Close window blinds in the early evening to help reduce night-time heat loss
  • Don’t use extra electric heaters – these are one of the most expensive heat sources
  • Encourage individuals to turn down the thermostat radiators in their rooms - the optimum temperature in most offices is around 22°C
  • Regularly service boilers and heaters to ensure they’re running efficiently 


Raising the temperature by just 1°C can increase your heating costs by approximately 8%

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Saving tips for British Gas business customers

Pay by Direct Debit

Register for an online account and pay by Direct Debit.

Get a smart meter

A business smart meter can help you understand your energy usage.

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