Whether you’re a small start-up business, or a well-respected and established firm, one thing is for certain, you will more than likely be faced with high business energy bills at some point.
The good news is there are some simple ways for you to go about cutting your business energy costs and in this blog I’ll look to enlighten you on some of these quick and easy measures.
Don’t Be Shy, Pick Up The Phone
First things first, look at giving your energy supplier a bell. This is useful for a number of reasons. First and foremost, changing energy supplier is relatively quick and easy, so if you call your current supplier and they don’t seem to be offering a deal that works for you, you can then quickly get off the phone to them and instead give one of their rivals a call.
Otherwise, it may not come to such measures – the phone call might instead provide you with plenty of information on your current tariff, with a suitable alternative offered if you don’t seem to be using your business energy to the degree reflected by the cost of the measures.
They may also be able to offer you discount on certain payment methods, saving a few pounds here and there just by using Direct Debit is surely better than not making any saving at all!
Bills and Meters
You are also advised to pay attention to your bills when they come. Make sure everything is in order and also check to see whether the bill was generated on the basis of an estimate or an actual read. You will then be able to compare the figures on the bill with your actual meter.
Take the trouble to provide regular readings rather than rely on estimates as you could find yourself saving a fair chunk of money in this way.
Cutting Down Business Electricity Bills
When it comes to electricity bills, there are few extra ways you can try to cut down the cost.
Lighting is a pretty expensive factor in a firm’s energy consummation, with research suggesting figures as high as 40% of a firm’s typical energy consumption.
This can be cut down relatively easily however. For example, if you have lights automatically programmed to come on hours before and switch off hours after staff leave, see if you can tweak these to more appropriate times.
If you don’t have a timer at all, it is well considering them, that way if someone accidentally forgets to turn the lights off at the end of the day, the timer will at least kick in and save you the bother.
Similarly, if you have lights on all day in places no-one is even working; look to get staff to ensure unnecessary lights are turned off.
This policy can then be extended to electrical appliances such as computers and printers and other bits of equipment which will otherwise sit around on all day without anyone actually using them.
Many high business energy bills can simply be tackled by taking the time and effort to see what is needed to help you improve your firm’s energy efficiency. These steps are just a few pointers to get you started, but there are plenty more out there and you are in your best interests to delve deeper. After all, it could save you a few quid when the next bill comes!
Louisa Jenkins is a freelance blogger who specialises in offering homeowners and businesses tips on how to deal with high bills. She blogs on everything from cutting down business energy bills to adding loft insulation to a home to improve its energy efficiency.