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

A well-lit clothing store displaying rails of clothes and shelves of shoes

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 and compact fluorescent products use 80% less electricity than conventional light bulbs

Installing the right office lights can reduce energy costs by up to 15%

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

When buying new refrigerators, AA++ rated units have the lowest running costs

Hands picking up a carton of milk from a commercial fridge
A cashier presents a card machine at a till

IT equipment

  • IT equipment burns energy, even in standby mode
  • Encourage staff to switch equipment off when not in use
  • Use the energy-saving features on things like monitors and printers

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

Reducing the temperature by 1°C can save enough energy to print over 40 million sheets of A4 paper

A woman adjusts a business’ heating thermostat
A roll of loft insulation in ceiling space underneath a roof light

Upgrade your building

  • Install self-adhesive thermal strips around doors and windows to reduce draughts
  • Fit automatic closers on external doors e.g. fire doors
  • Retain up to 25% more heat in your building by improving roof insulation

In many buildings, draughts account for up to 10% of heat loss

Statistic source

The Carbon Trust helps organisations contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

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.

Air conditioning service

Complete air conditioning service for your business from £129 excl VAT.