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Five ways to make business energy-efficient

Save money on your business energy bills with our simple energy saving tips.

As business energy costs continue to rise it’s never been as important to make your business more energy-efficient.

There’s a wide range of energy efficiency measures you can take, and some cost nothing at all and can be implemented straight away.

Below are our top five tips for cutting your energy bills without having to break the bank.

1. Turn down your heating – Turning your winter heating down by just one degree can cut your heating bill by up to 8%. In the same way, adjust your air-conditioning down by one degree in the summer.

2. Switch off office equipment – A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day can cost over £50 a year, according to the Carbon Trust. Turning it off when you leave work and enabling standby features can reduce this to £15 a year.

You can also fit timers to make sure copiers, printers and water coolers are turned off overnight and at weekends.

3. Avoid wasting heat – Fitting draught excluders and making sure your premises are well insulated is a cost-effective way to reduce your energy bills – and it has a short payback time.

4. Minimise artificial lighting – If you’re only working in one part of a room, only light that area. Also, label light switches and encourage your staff to only use what they need.

You can also install timers, daylight sensors and movement sensors to turn the lights on and off automatically.

5. Maintain your equipment – Make sure all of your equipment is working at its optimum level. This includes cleaning lights and windows, keeping ventilation and other air filters clean, checking door seals and repairing holes and leaks.

Simple steps every business can take, whatever your sector and regardless of whether you own or lease your premise.

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