Saving energy is an easy way to save money. 

In fact, according to the Carbon Trust: 

"A 20% cut in energy costs can represent the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales."

Importantly, reducing your energy bill does not only save you money: it also helps reduce your business' contribution to climate change by reducing its carbon footprint.

Simple ways to save energy

There is a simple hierarchy to follow:

1. Avoid using energy in the first place: this is the easiest way to save
2. Be more energy efficient- use low energy appliances and switch off when you can


  • Switch off lighting when not needed - if daylight is sufficient, don't switch it on 
  • Check lighting levels in buildings and remove unneeded lights
  • Change to energy efficient lamps, such as LEDs or T5 fluorescent tubes
  • Install sensor controls, so lights turn off automatically when not needed

Heating and appliances

  • Adjust your thermostat - one degree lower can cut your energy bill by 10%
  • Don’t leave electrical appliances on standby  
  • When purchasing appliances, buy energy efficient models
  • Insulate or upgrade inefficient boilers
  • Invest in loft or cavity wall insulation 

More energy saving tips

View the business pages on GOV.UK for more tips on saving energy.

I have reduced my energy use – what else can I do? 

Energy supply Picture of radiator

  • Consider decentralised energy - these networks do not waste as much energy as conventional methods. For example, in combined heat and power (CHP) systems, heat usually wasted in the process is used to heat buildings.
  • Use renewable energy technology, such as solar PV panels, solar thermal technology, ground source heat pumps, or wind turbines. Producing your own energy not only helps the environment- it is likely to save you money as energy prices continue to rise.

For more information on renewable energy technology and the benefits for your organisation, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

Save water

Energy is required to heat and pump water, so lowering your water use could save you money on your energy bills.  

See our 'save water in your business' page.

Contact us

Contact our Environment Team

Telephone: 020 8708 2200

Related pages and documents

Green Business Redbridge

Useful websites

Carbon Trust

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