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Energy Saving for your Business this Christmas

Dec 14, 2016

Christmas is indeed a most wonderful time of the year with fantastic retail window displays, longer hours for customers to be shopping and increased energy costs.  While it’s definitely the season to be jolly, as a business owner you also need to think about your energy usage for when that January bill arrives. It’s not all doom and gloom. We have a simple list of hints and tips for you to keep those costs down this Christmas.

Christmas Lighting 

As mentioned above, Businesses often see an increase in lighting usage in the lead up and over the Christmas period. This is either due to extravagant lighting displays or working longer hours for staff members. Make sure all your employees are briefed about turning all lights off at the end of the day including any Christmas tree displays that can get forgotten. You will be wasting huge amounts of energy letting lighting displays run all evening, especially with no one to see them.

For next year try planning ahead and take a look at your current work lighting. Have you got LED’s installed? Have you considered this as an option? LED Lighting can have a huge effect on your energy bills as they use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. It’s worth thinking about.

Standby

It’s easy during a busy period at work to forget those simple rules you try and follow all year round. Leaving office supplies on standby is a big culprit to increased energy bills.  At the end of the day make sure all employees are aware that they should shut down their computers. This is especially important when the offices close over the Christmas period, you do not want devices left running for over a week. If you have televisions in your offices, turn these off too. It has been reported that leaving just two devices on standby for 20 hours a day could cost you around £20 a year alone.  

 

Water

Water is another form which has the potential to use unnecessary amounts of energy.  Think about how many teas and coffees are made throughout the working day. You can reduce water consumption through multiple methods:

·         If you have kettles, only boil the amount of water you need when making a hot drink

·         Look into installing some wall mounted hot water urns around the office instead to reduce kettle usage

·         When washing your hands always ensure the tap is turned off. The amount of water that is wasted when people walk away and a tap is still running is huge.

It is important to remember that water can be wasted extremely easily, so think about what you are doing, and how you can improve by altering some bad habits.

Get employees on board

It is important to make sure all your employees are briefed about energy saving.  Include energy saving as a topic point in staff meetings and send gentle reminders if you notice things being missed.

Following these simple Christmas energy saving tips will vastly improve your gas, electricity and water bills this Christmas, enabling you to have a very happy new year.