According to UKPower.co.uk, the average UK energy bill for a small house or flat is £799. If you scale up to a large house, on average customers are looking at paying an incredible £1,631 per year.
But what can be done? In the cold British winter (and even occasionally the cold British spring and summer), we need to turn the heating up when we’re in the house. Sometimes, simply putting on an extra layer of clothing won’t do the trick. Inevitably, this increased usage leads to a rise in our gas and electricity bills. Businesses face the same problem: they need to keep employees warm and their costs low.
Luckily, there are some savvy ways that you can improve your energy efficiency and cut down on your quarterly costs. We’ve compiled a list of our top five tips to help you save.
Since around a third of all heat lost in a non-insulated home escapes through the walls, most of us know that having good insulation will lead to a reduction in energy bills. The less cold air that can get in, the less likely we are to turn the heating up. However, businesses often forget about insulation in their offices, even though the same rules apply.
If you’re moving offices, then ask about the insulation in the new buildings you’re considering. If the office has cavity walls, then it’s the gap that exists in-between the two layers that needs to be filled with insulation. If you’re looking at moving to a refurbished old brick building, then make sure you ask if these have already been insulated. If not, then weigh up how much insulation will cost in comparison to your heating bills.
Draughts occur when there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your building. Old factories that have been converted into office spaces might look good, but they can be riddled with draughts. You’ll find these gaps around windows, doors, electrical fittings, and ceiling-to-wall joints. According to Energy Saving Trust, having a draught-free home could save you 10 per cent on your heating bill, so there’s no reason why your office couldn’t see similar savings.
How long has your office had its boiler for? It’s common for small and medium size businesses to keep their inefficient boiler for longer than they should do because they don’t want to incur the cost of replacing it. However, old boilers are only about 65 to 70 per cent efficient, whereas a new boiler can be 90 per cent efficient and improve running costs by up to 30 per cent. Much like insulation, investing in a new boiler can actually save your business money over time.
For most workplaces, the ideal temperature is 19 degrees Celsius. In a sedentary office, this might rise to 20 degrees, whereas in a labour-intensive environment you might only need a temperature of 16 degrees. If you’re just one degree above your ideal office temperature, you could be using up to eight per cent more energy than is necessary. Simply adjust your thermostat and you can start saving.
It’s important to take regular meter readings, in order for you to see how much energy you’re actually using. If you find that your readings are higher than you’d like them to be, then you can implement saving strategies and measure the difference when you next take a reading. Simple strategies that you can put in place include ensuring all doors and windows are shut, only using the heating when you’re in a room (as opposed to having it on when no one is in there), and training your staff on the importance of energy efficiency.
Looking at your energy bills is one way you can easily save money in your office, but what other ways could you cut costs? Blueshark Consulting are a team of facilities management consultants, who can provide you with a review of your current systems, identify which areas could be improved, and then oversee how effective the changes made have been. Not only can Blueshark Consulting save you money, but the changes we implement can also improve productivity levels. To learn more about how we can help you fulfil your business potential, contact us.
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