Energy saving tips for business owners

Please find below our top tips for saving energy in your business premises.  It’s the simple things that can make all the difference and you don’t necessarily have to invest in expensive equipment to start saving energy and saving money…

1. Number one on our list is to start monitoring your electricity usage.   Once you can see where you are potentially wasting electricity, it’s easier to take action and make changes to reduce your usage. Some Energy Suppliers provide Energy Monitors free of charge to their customers so it’s worth checking with your supplier.  If this is not an option, you can buy simple devices from places like Amazon and Argos from as little as £35.  However, your supply may by 3-phase and require a more robust solution.  For more information please go to our Energy Monitoring page.

2. If you have electric heating or a heat pump, turn your thermostat down a degree or two.

3. Make sure appliances are fully turned off and not left on stand-by e.g. PCs, TVs and other audio visual equipment, photocopiers, printers and machinery.  Don’t leave appliances charging for longer than is necessary e.g. phones, laptops and ipads.  You’ll be surprised how much energy is used by appliances left on standby or charging.

4. Turn off lights when leaving a room – sounds obvious but does it happen in reality? Depending upon your type of operation, it may be worth considering installing room sensors to switch lights on and off automatically if you don’t already have them.  If you have outside lights operating on a sensor, check them occasionally to make sure they are not staying on during the day.  These are often powerful halogen lights that burn a lot of electricity and it’s not uncommon for the sensors to fail.

5. Change halogen lamps to low energy compact fluorescent or LED lamps.  There are lots of shapes and sizes of lamps available now to suit most fittings.  Morgans Electrical offers a free lighting survey and can recommend which fittings and lamps to change to achieve the best savings.  See our Low Energy Lighting Page for more details.

6. If you have a kitchen area, think about how the kitchen appliances are used.  For example, don’t fill the kettle every time you switch it on – only boil the amount of water you need, set a dishwasher to the Eco setting as often as possible, particularly when the load is not heavily soiled, set a washing machine to 30º and/or quick wash programmes as often as possible.

If you would like to talk to one of our team about how you can reduce electricity usage in your business, complete our contact form or call us now on 01525 213103.