An easy guide to saving energy immediately!

The issue at hand

Businesses across the UK have been wasting energy for many years. They are paying around £60 million a year in energy bills as a result of overusing energy. This is the equivalent of 46,000 cars emitting carbon dioxide every year and costing businesses in the city around £35 million annually. 

Energy wasted in less than 3,300 office buildings in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, and Leeds could power more than 42,000 homes, costing businesses an estimated £25 million in unnecessary energy bills. Imagine where all that energy would be if this waste was reduced!

These problems have only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic since its beginning in 2020. With forced closures, furloughs, loans, and recovery funds, many companies from Small to Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger businesses have suffered throughout. With rising energy costs, it is no wonder that many business owners are fearing for their future as they have enough on their hands.

Luckily, there is a shift in social attitudes towards the causes of climate change, the government’s targets, and other events such as the various protests and climate conferences at COP26 in November 2021. Such protests and conferences are outlining the different ways we can change our behaviour to reduce the effects of global warming in the UK. In addition, with the rise of social networking software, many companies are now being judged on their social and environmental ethics, as the views and opinions of companies have never been more accessible by the general public. 

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), reducing energy waste is critical to meeting the UK’s enshrined net-zero emissions target for 2050, as they continue to urge businesses to embrace technological innovations to save money and reduce emissions.

Here at Bright Utilities, we don’t want any businesses to miss out on ways they can reduce their energy usage and monthly bills. In this blog, we will identify the main ways you can reduce your costs and join the fight against climate change in the UK.

Changes businesses can make to cut costs

The first and most important step you can take, as a business owner, is by carrying out an in-depth energy audit. This means going through your establishment and looking at any way you can change something so that you are reducing your energy waste. 

Smart meters can provide half-hourly updates on how much energy was used and how much it cost to run. This information is incredibly important for tracking your energy use.

They can also help you carry out energy audits accurately through their readings. A report notes that Artificial Intelligence (AI) energy optimisation systems already on the market can reduce energy use in commercial buildings by 14%.

The government has made a  commitment to empowering UK vehicles and their supply chains by electrifying them and funding electric vehicle grants and infrastructure by an additional £350 million out of their up to £1 billion commitment. Even some energy companies have set out to help businesses switch to electric vehicles by installing charging stations and promoting electric cars, to help decrease costs when it is difficult to phase out driving to work.. Some of the providers we offer this service so why not take advantage of what we have to offer?

Despite the upfront cost, replacing incandescent filament bulbs with LEDs, CFLs, or halogens could save you a lot of money and energy. As much as 40% of your energy bill goes to lighting alone, so it makes sense to use different types of lighting in your premises. 

This sounds like something you should be doing already, but carrying out checks on your appliances throughout you buildings could save you some money. By performing regular maintenance checks, you can ensure the efficiency of your devices, clean them to ensure they are functioning properly, and replace those that are no longer of use.  

Most importantly, the best way to reduce your energy bill is by switching to another provider, this will make sure that you get the best deals on your monthly bills. Our goal at Bright Utilities is to keep your utility bills at a minimum, as we know that as a business owner you have a lot on your plate. By using our comparison tool, we will take the stress out of switching providers as we can provide you with the best competitive offers.

Avoiding energy waste

We acknowledge that some businesses have already made changes to how they run their company to best benefit their employees and facilities to offset their carbon footprint. That is why we want to offer additional ideas to help you reduce your energy waste for your company. 

If you have gaps around windows and doors, you can lose heat as well. To prevent this from happening, invest in re-sealing them and keep them closed to retain heat. We know that retail businesses want to look inviting to onlooking clients, however, it is more important to keep doors closed so that you are not losing unnecessary heat, especially in the winter months when it is easier to get colder air coming into your shop. 

Likewise, you might want to cover your walls and ceilings with insulation as well. Installing this method will cost you a bit more upfront, but it will save you more in the long run.

In the office, unplugging unused devices such as printers and chargers will be more beneficial in the long run. Many businesses also have switched to using laptops over desktops as they use a lot less power to run, so if there is any way you can make that switch for some employees, it may be time to invest. 

Lastly, the kitchen, whether it is central to the business or a staff kitchen is where many savings can be made. Making sure fridges and freezers are not frozen and working to their correct temperatures and only using dishwashers when full can make the difference. We all know how far a cup of tea can go, making sure employees are using kettles for the accurate amount of cups they want to make can help cut costs and boost morale in the workplace.

Make sure you look over the government’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions so you can stay up to date with all the ways you can improve your company’s energy use. Below is a link you can look at to help get you started.

Vist: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uks-path-to-net-zero-set-out-in-landmark-strategy

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