If your business is looking to cut its energy costs in the New Year, the best place to start is with an energy review. You can conduct one of these yourself for starters, and then appoint an energy broker like the team at SupplyWise.co.uk to take you quickly and easily through the process if required.
So how do you perform your own energy review on your business? It’s probably a lot simpler than you’d expect, and following the three simple steps below will have you well on your way.
- Identify and understand your current usage
Before you can begin to review the energy you are using, it’s vital to first of all have both visibility and understanding of the energy. If you don’t already have one, contact your energy supplier and request a smart meter to be installed. This can help you to see live energy usage across the property, and some advanced systems can identify uses of specific types of energy, or even usage by appliance.
The idea for having this information is so that you can begin to identify trends in your energy usage. Is there a certain time of day when your business is using too more energy than at others? For example, if you are still using a lot of energy at night, it may give you the insight to consider turning equipment, lighting or heating off at night time when the work premises are empty.
- Plan and begin your review
Once you have a way of monitoring your usage, it’s time to begin your review. You will likely want to put together some sort of document that allows the easy review of each use of energy, room-to-room, or building to building.
For example, in each room you will likely need to review lighting, heating, equipment, use of gas, electricity and water as well as cooling and ventilation mechanisms. Alongside each of these, you need space for recording the details of each so that you can gauge the efficiency and where savings could possibly be made.
Taking lighting as an example, it may be that you can consider whether a room would benefit from motion-activated lighting so that lights are not left on all day, or whether perhaps there is a way of making more use of natural light and thus less reliance on artificial light. It’s also important to note whether any energy saving measures are already in place, so in the example of lighting, whether the room or light fitting in question utilises energy efficient light bulbs.
Your review must be comprehensive and you have to be as detailed as you would with your own home. Would offices benefit from double glazing windows? Is there adequate insulation, etc.
- Begin to act
Once you have gathered and reviewed as much information as possible, it’s time to begin putting actions in place to make your business energy efficient. Begin to install those energy efficient lightbulbs, make more use of natural light and turn off the central heating 30 minutes before the end of business.
Education is as much of a part of an energy review as anything. Inform your staff of the measures you have put in place, and also explain ways in which they can help. For example, turning off electrical equipment at the socket at the end of each day, turning lights off when not in use, etc.
Contact an Energy Broker
A comprehensive energy review like this for your business should help you to start seeing results on your business energy bills relatively quickly. If you are not sure where to start the contact supplywise.co.uk who can search the energy market for you to get you the best deals and offer other suggestions about how to reduce your energy consumption and the price your business pays for it.