Running a business is a tough gig. You have to be all people. The boss, the receptionist, the cleaner, accounts receivable, payroll and much more. Energy costs don’t help either. If you’re a startup, these can throw a small business over the edge.
The good news is you’re not alone. There are plenty of business people feeling the pinch. Keeping overheads down is key. In terms of energy, there are ways to cut energy costs and divert money to other vital areas of your business. Read on to discover some essential tips on how to cut business energy costs now.
Set Energy Efficient Rules
Whether you have one employee or ten, cut the cost of excessive energy bills by setting a few ground rules around usage. Most energy companies offer low-costs at off-peak times. Train staff to think about this. For example, if there’s a dishwasher in the office ask them not to turn it on. Instead get the cleaner (could be you!) to turn the dishwasher on at a non-peak time.
Turn off appliances
As part of their induction ask staff to turn off appliances at the wall when not in use. Also stick a note up on the wall as a reminder. Switching appliances off at the wall produces big savings over time – so do this at home too and you’ll have a win-win scenario.
Consider getting an energy audit. You’ll learn which items are the biggest offenders. An auditor will offer smart recommendations on how to improve efficiency. Electricians also have a savvy little device for testing this out. Our electrician told us our kettle was a huge energy sapper. Sometimes, the appliances you least expect are the culprits.
Install LED Lights
LED lights can be as much as 75 percent more efficient than CFL bulbs. If you’re still using older bulbs, now is the time to change. It’s often free to get this done. Google a reliable technician in your area and take this step today.
Install Lighting Control Systems
Lighting control systems enable you to wirelessly control every light in the building. You can turn them off and dim them remotely at the touch of a button. Some systems will even detect whether there are people around and turn the lights off if there’s no movement in the room.
Many businesses waste money printing out unnecessary documents. In our tech era this is unnecessary. Documents can be easily photographed, emailed, stored in the cloud or published on a website. Not only does this cost more in ink and paper, but printing increases energy bills too. It is much better to print out only the vital documents you need and leave the rest to the wonders of the digital world.
Install a Programmable Thermostat of Air Conditioner
Programmable thermostats and air conditioners allow direct control of the amount of energy use when you’re not around. Most modern devices can change the temperature remotely from a phone or tablet. They also adjust the temperature depending on how hot or cold the room is. Don’t do this job if a device can do it for you. Put your savings on autopilot.
Keep Changing It
Life changes. Technology changes even quicker. So, even if you do all of the above, do this:
Take some time (say once a year) to look at your energy situation. There are always more savings to be made.
Going green is a lifestyle choice everyone can achieve. People put off the idea because they think they have to completely change the way they live day-to-day. This isn’t true though. Living an eco-smart life is much easier than you might think. The best part is there are a lot of savings to be made living an eco-friendly life. Read on to discover how you can do it with minimal effort.
Collect Rainwater in the Garden
Consider installing a regular plastic rain tank. Set up in your backyard, and collect up precious water every time it rains. This water can then be used to water the garden to keep that garden looking lush.
Here are the benefits:
- Skip spending money turning on the tap
- Be good to the environment
- Get some good karma
- Feel better about your footprint on the planet
Install Dimmer Switches
Dimmer switches might not seem high on your priority list this week. But think about your last electricity bill and you may wish to reconsider. These save much money in the home over the period of one year.
Here are the benefits of dimmer switches:
- Reduce the cost of having a light on at full capacity
- Add some ambience to your home
- Control the light in your home generally
- The small cost of fitting them will more than pay for itself
- Save big on electricity all year round
Use Water Saving Devices
It’s easy to get your home sorted for using less water. Spend a little time putting measures in place and you’ll thank yourself.
Think water saving taps, water dispensers and showers that limit the amount of water released. Also consider timers for the kids and put a limit on family shower time.
Planting trees around the outside of your home is a smart idea if you live in a hot location. Trees add shade that protect your home. They also save stacks on airconditioning costs. Keep your home cool in summer while you plump up you wallet.
Tip: Also look at the insulation in your home. Add insulation in the roof to start with and you’ll notice a big difference in temperature in both summer and winter.
Energy costs are through the roof. They rise and fall with the seasons, but generally they’re super high. Are you checking your gas, electricity and water bills and experiencing a sense of shock?
These are a fast and instant way to reduce your energy consumption. These beautiful shutters also make your home look modern, quaint or homely depending on your style. Think shutters, block out blinds and sheer blinds for blocking out light. Keep blinds shut on hot days until the cool change comes through. You’ll notice a drastic reduction in heat in the home, which in turn will reduce your AC bill.
Head to the basement
Live in lower levels
It’s the little less exciting consumer items that all add up. These are the expenses we don’t care one hoot about because they’re boring. But not watching or monitoring these is like driving down a highway and throwing your cash out the driver’s window.
I love solving any problem that can burn a hole in my purse.
Read on to discover some super fast tips for reducing the cost of heating and cooling in your home. Also check out some quick solutions that will make your car a less expensive gas-guzzling drive.
Also be sure to check this out: 5 simple ways to slash home expenses
Get less heater happy
I get it. It’s cold outside in winter and those days can be long. But coming home and pumping up that thermostat to its highest setting during winter isn’t effective.
Here’s the truth about heaters:
Heating systems take the same amount of time to reach 18 degrees as they do to reach 22 degrees. They won’t work faster to reach those temperatures. Simply, heaters will actually work harder to reach the 22 degree mark, using up more energy and money in the process.
- Pop your heater on to the temperature you desire or set a timer to automate this.
- Close doors within the home so rooms can heat more quickly and efficiently.
- Set your heater to just ‘take the chill out of the air’ rather than roast people
- Don’t use electric heaters like the one below –