Has your business just had an enormous energy bill that seems too high to be believed? When you receive a bill and you’re sure that they have mistakenly added one too many zeroes to the total figure, it’s natural that you’ll want to get to the bottom of why you are using so much energy and if there is anything that can be done to reduce it.
It is typically the case that virtually every business and workplace can do something to reduce their electricity or heating bill, but it could be that there are some serious issues that you are overlooking that could significantly save you money. Even if you’re not too worried about your bill, it’s worth reading on, as you might be surprised at the things you can do to reduce your consumption and save money. Here are some steps you can take to reduce waste energy at work.
Rule Out A Deeper Problem
Many businesses that notice a higher than usual energy bill will assume that members of staff are overusing electricity needlessly. But before you jump to that conclusion, it is important that you should check whether something else could be to blame. For example, it might be the case that you have a power quality issue – if there is low-quality power coming into your business it can mean that you appliances draw more in an attempt to stay operational. It’s a good idea to utilise a power quality monitor to check if you are being supplied with power of the right quality. There are many reasons why you could be receiving low-quality power and it is up to your supplier to rectify the issue, so if you discover you are having problems you can get them to fix it, and you could also potentially argue that your bill was too high because of these problems.
Are You Leaving Everything On Overnight?
Interestingly, it is estimated that UK businesses waste nearly 50 percent of their electricity on power equipment that isn’t in use. In a study, it was found that almost half of all energy used by businesses is consumed outside of normal working hours. This indicates that many businesses are unnecessarily leaving on equipment overnight or when it is not in use. If this is the case for you it could be worth setting up an initiative to ensure that all non-essential equipment is switched off overnight. Yes, it may cost staff a few minutes in the morning as machines turn on, but the overall energy savings can be enormous.
Think About Energy Efficiency
There are some things that none of us would ever do at home, but slip into regular practice in the workplace. One survey showed that 13 percent of small businesses leave their windows open when the air conditioning or heating is on. It’s well known that this is one of the worst things you can do as open windows simply let out the conditioning are and force your systems to work harder, wasting energy. Try to instil that there should be no divide between what you do at home and what you do at work. Business owners and managers need to lead by example in this area if they want their employees to do it.
The Simple Things Make A Difference
Remember that when it comes to something like energy efficiency, it is often the small things that everyone does often that are making the biggest difference. Think about something as simple as boiling a kettle. Whether you’re making a cup of tea for yourself or carrying out a coffee run, it’s important to think about how much energy you are using. The key here is to only ever boil as much water as you need. Overfilling the kettle is needlessly overusing energy. When you consider how many cups of tea or coffee are drunk every day by your business it is easy to see that a small change like this can end up making a massive difference to your overall energy bill.
And remember that putting electrical items on standby is not really worth it. Many pieces of equipment on standby use around 90 percent of the energy that they do when they are on. If you aren’t using the equipment, turn it off.