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Energy saving tips for small businesses

With winter coming, one thing is for sure…businesses will be turning up their heating and turning on the lights. And according to new research by Smart Energy GB, over 60% of small business owners are concerned about the rise in energy costs and how it will affect their ability to operate this winter. While 30% are considering temporarily closing the workplace if they can and asking staff to work from home.

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So to help small businesses navigate what could be a difficult winter, we’ve worked together with the energy experts at Energy Saving Trust and Dragon’s Den star and business advocate Deborah Meaden to offer you some simple ways you can help your businesses be more energy efficient this winter.

Top five energy saving tips for small businesses

Encouragingly, 92% of decision makers in small businesses are trying to be more energy efficient in the workplace. Whether you’ve been working to make your business as energy efficient as possible for months, or are just getting started, these simple tips could help make a difference this winter:

1. Check your energy bills and ensure you only pay for what your business uses

If you don’t know what you’re spending, you won’t know what you can save. 

Many smaller businesses are eligible for a smart meter, which will give you accurate bills, not estimates. Installations are happening now, so to find out if your business is eligible for a smart meter, contact your energy supplier.

Request a smart meter

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2. Find something you can switch off

It might seem obvious, but whatever your business, there is probably something that’s turned on, even though you’re not using it. Look around you... you could start saving straight away.

3. Engage your staff

Everyone in a business can play a role when reducing energy use. Get your staff involved in energy saving efforts from the start, rather than just telling them what to do when you’ve decided. This way they’ll be more likely to take it seriously.

4. Make a plan

Some energy saving changes are quick and easy, but others will take time, planning and money. Think ahead and work out what you can afford to do and when, so energy upgrades aren’t a shock to you or your budget.

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5. Tell your customers

One in four of us are more likely to visit a business that cares about sustainability. So talk about the energy saving actions you’ve already taken and show people you mean what you say.

Smart meters can help with this too! They are an essential part of Britain’s commitment to reaching net zero, helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels such as coal and gas.

How can I request a smart meter for my small business?

Many businesses are eligible to get a smart meter installed on their premise. To find out more or request a smart meter of your own, simply enter your energy supplier in the box below. If your small business works with a Third Party Intermediary (TPI) or broker, please contact them directly to request your smart meter.

We believe that Octopus Energy is now responsible for Affect Energy customers. Therefore we are connecting you with Octopus Energy who will be responsible for taking your request forward.

We don't currently have information from your energy supplier regarding their bookings for smart meters, but we will connect you to their website so you can contact them directly.

We don't currently have information from your energy supplier regarding their bookings for smart meters, but we will connect you to their website so you can contact them directly.

We believe that Yu Energy PLC is now responsible for Bristol Energy Business customers. Therefore we will connect you with Yu Energy who will be responsible for taking your request forward.

We believe that Pozitive Energy is now responsible for Contract Natural Gas customers. Therefore we will connect you with Pozitive Energy who will be responsible for taking your request forward.

We don't currently have information from your energy supplier regarding their bookings for smart meters, but we will connect you to their website so you can contact them directly.

We don't currently have information from your energy supplier regarding their bookings for smart meters, but we will connect you to their website so you can contact them directly.

We don't currently have information from your energy supplier regarding their bookings for smart meters, but we will connect you to their website so you can contact them directly.

We don't currently have information from your energy supplier regarding their bookings for smart meters, but we will connect you to their website so you can contact them directly.

We believe that Smartest Energy is responsible for MA Energy customers. Therefore we are connecting you with Smartest Energy who will be responsible for taking your request forward.

We believe that British Gas is responsible for PFP Energy customers. Therefore we are connecting you with British Gas who will be responsible for taking your request forward.

Energy Saving Trust are an independent organisation working on addressing the climate emergency. They are a respected and trusted voice on energy efficiency and clean energy solutions.

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FAQs

Can my business get a smart meter?

Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees, or their full time equivalent, may be eligible for a smart meter.

Can I arrange installation outside of working hours?

Energy suppliers will work with you to find a time that’s convenient for you both. Some suppliers offer installations on a Saturday or in the evening to minimise disruption to your small business; please speak to your supplier to find out what is available.