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
- Change to energy efficient lamps, such as LEDs or
T5 fluorescent tubes
- Install sensor controls, so lights turn off automatically when
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
business pages on GOV.UK for more tips on saving energy.
I have reduced my energy use – what else can I
- 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.
Energy is required to heat and pump water, so lowering your
water use could save you money on your energy
See our 'save water
in your business' page.