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4 Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses

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4 energy saving tips for small businesses

Saving energy can be a big boost for small businesses. Not only does it keep your company eco-friendly, but it could also save you a significant amount of money over time. The question is – how do you do it?

With electricity required every single day in your office and heating required most of the year, it’s important not to simply cut back on essential usage. Your staff won’t get much done without their machinery or computer switched on, after all.

Thankfully, there are a number of energy-saving tips for small businesses that can help you reduce usage and cut costs without having to compromise on practicality or function.

1. Turn it off!

Sounds obvious right? That’s why it’s so easy to assume everyone already does it. But there are so many gadgets and appliances that will be left on constantly, causing that energy bill to creep up. While refrigerators need to be kept on to stop food going off, almost everything else can be switched off.

Wi-Fi routers, computer monitors, and definitely lights and heating! Much like locking up, turning everything off should be an essential step at the end of every working day. Take care of it yourself or nominate one of your staff to make sure everything is off when it’s out of use.

2. Timers and sensors

While some things are easy to remember to switch on and off, lighting and heating are so essential that they often go unnoticed. That makes it easier to leave the room or even leave the premises without switching them off.

Investing in timers and sensors can make sure your lighting and heating aren’t left on unnecessarily:

  • Timed lighting – Eliminates the need to turn lights on and off at the start and end of each day. It’s important to note that most systems can be overridden, so staff won’t be left in the dark if they’re working overtime!
  • Lighting sensors – Particularly useful for bathrooms or communal areas, which people enter and leave throughout the day
  • Timed heating – Can be used to automatically turn the heating off when everyone has left the office
  • Thermostats – By sensing the temperature in each room or area of your premises, thermostats will make sure the office stays at the right temperature without wasting excess energy

3. LED lighting

Lights are one of the biggest culprits for energy use at businesses big and small. They’re needed throughout the working day in pretty much every part of your premises. With good reason too – lighting has been found to affect worker safety, visual acuity and productivity.

Commercial LED lighting provides the same bright lighting without the blinding costs. Unlike traditional bulbs, which use heat to generate light, LED lights use a semi-conductor system to emit energy protons. It’s the most energy-efficient way to generate light, which uses up to 90% less energy than the alternatives.

4. Conduct an energy audit

If you are serious about driving down energy usage within your organisation, then the best step you can take is to carry out an energy audit. This will involve looking at your whole business to understand exactly how your business is using energy and analysing where changes can be made.

With a comprehensive energy audit, your energy consumption can be properly evaluated, with a strategy created to minimise energy use, reduce energy wastage, improve efficiency and ultimately help in the fight against climate change.

Energy saving opportunities

Whether it’s LED lighting or energy auditing, Volta Compliance is on hand throughout Leeds and the UK to help small businesses save money. We can also assist with ESOS assessments, auditing and improvements for larger businesses who want to stay compliant and save money.

Want to find out more? Request a quote today to get the ball rolling.


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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.