There’s no denying that business is competitive, regardless of the type of work that you’re in – and in a day and age, where every penny has to count, reducing your overheads so that you have a more attractive profit margin is essential.
Beat the competition and stay afloat during a fluctuating economic climate – how? By saving money where you can! Look towards the energy that you’re using across the site and how you can reduce the amount you use – you’d be surprised at how much money you can save, and there’s no point wasting money if you don’t have to. You wouldn’t do it at home, so don’t do it at work either!
From the reception area to the office space where the majority of your staff will be working, there are plenty of ways in which to cut back on your energy consumption. By becoming more energy efficient, you will be able to see positive changes in your balance sheets whilst also helping the environment.
The Reception The reception space is usually the first place customers and potential clients will see in your workplace. While it needs to be as inviting and professional as possible, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways in which you can cut back on costs.
Keeping windows closed, during the winter in particular, will help to retain the heat. This, combined with draught proofing and closing doors can help to reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.
If you have a photocopier, but don’t use it very often, make sure that it’s in energy saving mode, or standby mode, as much as possible. A photocopier that is kept on throughout the day (and evening) can add almost £200 on to your annual electricity bill. Avoid photocopying unless absolutely necessary to save on paper and toner, too.
Do you have a computer running in the reception area? If you leave just one computer and monitor on 24 hours a day, you could add £50 to your energy bills over the year. By shutting it down or using standby features, this could drop to £15.
The Offices In the offices, there are bound to be more computers – make sure that the same practices applied in the reception area are done in the offices too to save even more.
Double glazing throughout the premises will help to retain heat, reduce energy usage and save on your bills by up to £135 a year.
Reduce the heating over the weekend and use timers so that heating goes off out of hours.
Replace fluorescent lighting strips with energy efficient alternatives.
Throughout your workplace, replace bulbs with energy saving ones and make sure that lights are switched off when not in use. This can save up to 15% on your energy bills and is one of the simplest things that you can do to save money – something crucial for every business.
The average UK business wastes up to 20% of the energy that they’re billed for – that’s a huge drain on your finances over the year! Make the change, now.
Written on behalf of British Gas Business, a company dedicated to providing competitive business tariffs, no matter what the size or requirements. If you’re tempted by British Gas commercial energy, take a look online. Do you ask yourself, “Where does your energy come from?” – British Gas can help to answer all of your questions, too.
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