With inflation and bills going up, a savings calculator which allows businesses to find out where and how much they can cut costs across their energy consumption has been developed. Something I’m sure many business owners will find very welcoming.
Recent figures show that the average electricity bill annually for a microbusiness is £1,834, for small businesses it is £3,468 and for medium businesses it is £6,705.
The new calculator, developed by Utility Bidder, was run with average estimates on use across the 4 main appliances culprits for micro, small and medium business sizes and found that on average, microbusiness could save £130, a small business £313 and a medium business £1,261 on annual bills. This means, switching off use of ALL appliances across businesses, there’s more money to be saved.
Once all information has been inputted, business owners will find their exact current energy consumption, along with an estimated number of savings they could make by simply adhering to the tips provided.
Below, you’ll find information on what the 4 biggest culprits in and around an office is, including quick tips on how to reduce the cost of running them.
Computers are at the top of the list when it comes to draining energy in an office. You may not think that keeping your computer on overnight or on standby consumes a significant amount of energy, but it does. Because computer monitors use around 100 watts per day, merely turning off your computer will reduce your office’s energy costs.
Switch to more energy-saving bulbs in your office to save on your electricity bill. Natural light is, of course, the most affordable (it’s free!) and healthiest way to light up an office.
When natural light isn’t available, go for halogen lights, it is more energy-efficient than typical incandescent lamps, lasting up to three times longer and saving you money. It’s also a good idea to install timers around your home office, which can be set to turn on and off at specific times of the day, ensuring that lights aren’t left on, and power isn’t wasted when no one is there.
Printers and Copiers
Commercial copiers and printers use far more energy than you may think and many of them are kept on all day yet are seldom used. Establish a central copy room with enough equipment to suit the office’s copying and printing requirements to avoid wasting energy.
Choose Energy Star-qualified copiers and printers when it’s time to replace your office equipment. Set timers for copiers and printers to turn off at night and on weekends when no one is using them.
The temperature of the workplace has a significant impact on employee well-being. Making considerable expenditures to ensure your heating and cooling systems are in excellent operating condition is frequently essential to generate big savings. Install a programmable digital thermostat that you can turn off on weekends.
Provided workstations are not positioned near outside walls or windows; thermal comfort may be increased; the cold wall effect in the winter or overheating in the summer can be avoided if insulation is adequate. The position of thermostats must be taken into consideration as well.