The climate change crisis is at the top of the list of most people’s concerns. Business owners should also have this issue at the forefront of their minds. The UK government has introduced taxes and schemes to encourage businesses to become more environmentally conscious.
Reducing energy consumption can keep these taxes and levies low and manageable. Failing to pay these taxes and levies or failing to register can result in a monthly penalty of up to £250.
The only people exempt from these climate change schemes and levies are charities that don’t participate in commercial activities. Domestic users and companies using less than 33kWh of electricity daily are also exempt. Find out more about how the climate crisis affects your energy bill and start implementing some changes.
Regulate the Temperature
Reducing the office or warehouse temperature by just one degree or two can equal a significant reduction in energy consumption. One of the best ways to regulate temperature is to get a smart thermostat and have a schedule for when the heating and cooling come on and off. You can also implement other techniques in an office to regulate the temperature well.
You can move furniture around to make sure it encourages good airflow in the room. Don’t place furniture in front of vents or on top of them. This will impede the flow of warm or cool air. Also, make sure that the windows and doors are adequately draughts proofed.
This includes making sure that the walls are well insulated. Involve the staff and ask them to wear more layers or fewer layers. Place those that overheat near windows and those that are often cold closer to heaters.
Switching energy providers can also reduce the amount you pay in utility bills. Always consider changing providers when your pre-existing contract is drawing to an end. Providers are always offering various deals, especially if you bundle your contracts. You may also approach your provider about negotiating a better deal for the next year ahead.
Use Appliances Efficiently
Appliances can significantly contribute to energy consumption, so how you choose to use them is pretty important. This also counts for office machinery, like computers, printers, fax machines etc.
First, buying the most energy-efficient appliances and office equipment is best. Buy or upgrade to appliances that have a good energy rating. They are designed to consume less energy and save you some money on bills.
Another good practice is to ensure you don’t leave appliances and office equipment on standby. Switching off appliances when they’re not in use is far more energy efficient. Encourage staff to do so, even during their lunch breaks. It doesn’t need to be on if they’re not using it.
Encourage smart use of the appliances, for example, in the kitchen. It’d be more efficient to boil the kettle when it’s full; everyone wants a coffee instead of boiling it for each cup.
Lighting is another area where a lot of energy can be unnecessarily wasted. Keeping the lights on constantly can eat up a lot of energy. Keeping lights off is much better if they don’t need to be on. One way of doing this is by getting motion sensors. The lights will only come on when necessary and stay off when no one is in the room.
Motion sensors are great for some areas but not all of them, such as the office itself. In this case, buying better bulbs is the best way to reduce energy. LED bulbs are much better than traditional ones because they consume less power. On top of that, they last much longer than the average bulb.
Another way to reduce light consumption in the office is to use dimmer switches. Reducing the brightness can also equal savings on your lighting bill. Also, do your best to utilize as much natural light as possible.
Reducing your energy consumption at work can reduce your utility bills in several ways. You’ll generally pay less for the energy you use. The taxes and levies designed to reduce carbon footprints will also be much cheaper for you to pay.
Additionally, using natural light can also improve productivity and well-being among employees, leading to a more positive work environment. Consider implementing other energy-saving measures, such as turning off electronics when not in use and using energy-efficient light bulbs.