Starting up and running your own business can be a difficult and expensive endeavour. It’s essentially a gamble on the idea that you think consumers want what you are offering, so you need to make sure that all your money is in the right places. Most business outgoings include employee salaries, inventory, rental space, and a whole slew of utilities. But possibly one of the stealthiest killers of your bank balance is electricity costs, as there is a whole range of different ways your business might use energy. Here is a list of ways that you can help keep energy costs down.
Replace Any Existing Bulbs with CFLs or LEDs
By replacing the classic filament bulbs with newer LEDs or CFLs, you can save up to 70 percent on your energy bill because they consume less power, while not compromising its luminosity. These types of bulbs are also known to last longer and increase fixture life spans by up to 2-3 times. Just make sure you recycle any old bulbs rather than throw them away.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
It is very likely that a large amount of your money goes towards air conditioning and heating. The issue is that the rooms are not used all the time and therefore, lots of energy is used up needlessly regulating the temperature of the room. By installing a programmable thermostat, you will be able to adjust the temperature of your workplace, depending on when people are working or not. Investing in a programmable thermostat will help to save the vast amounts of energy that air conditioners and heaters use idly all day.
Make Use of Natural Light Where You Can
Many modern homes these days have lots of natural light flooding the rooms. This is a design choice in order to help the homeowners save money on energy as the natural lighting replaces the need for the number of lights on in the day. There is no reason your business can’t try this technique; by adding large skylights to your building, you can save money during the daylight hours by eliminating the need for lights to be on, which can potentially cut business electricity prices in half for 24-hour businesses. To further save on your electricity costs, you may even want to change suppliers. You can compare prices at sites like Utility Bidder.
It’s Time for an Upgrade
Consider replacing any old appliances such as heaters and air conditioners with newer, star appliances which are rated energy efficient. Chances are, if you still have many of the old appliances that you had from when you started the business and you are going by the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” then you are probable losing lots of money through energy costs which could easily be fixed if you replaced all of your old applieces with newer ones. Outdated older models are usually incredibly ineffiecient and will cost more in the long run than if you were to make the investment in new equiptment.
Have You Gone Solar?
The sun is the largest power plant available to us, and is giving out energy at £0.0 per kwh. That’s a pretty good rate. This type of energy is free, clean and most importantly, renewable. As long as the sun is shining, you have power. Now, of course, this is dependent on where your business is located, as a more commonly sunny area with longer daylight hours is likely to have more luck with solar panels than a place that’s further north. But if your business gets a healthy amount of sunlight year round and you have a large warehouse roof going to waste, consider using it to generate your own electricity or even sell it off for more profit.
Make Sure to Use Energy Saving Features
Many gadgets and pieces of technology such as laptops come with energy saving features. Make sure to make use of them, as they can really help to save power and help to increase the longevity of your devices. Encourage employees to use the energy save mode on any devices they have, and to switch them off completely when not in use.
By taking these steps into account, you and your business will be able to run efficiently on a fraction of the power that you used to. The amount of money saved will mean more profit in the long run, and you can rest assured that you have done your part to help save the environment.
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