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Energy saving tips for small businesses

 

Many small businesses struggle to keep track of how much they spend on energy, and which equipment or activities are causing unnecessary waste.

Dr Paul Swift, an energy consultant from the Carbon Trust, has created an checklist to help small businesses get on the road to energy health. 

The Energy Doctors tips for small businesses

What to think about:

  1. How much are you spending?
    Find out what you’re spending each year and investigate unexpected spikes.

  2. What’s using the most energy?
    A smart meter can help you to identify the appliances that use the most energy.

  3. Have you got your timings right?
    Switch off equipment outside working hours, perhaps with the help of plug-in timers.

  4. Do you need new equipment?
    Think about replacing kit that you know is old, clunky and inefficient.

  5. Are your staff on board?
    Get their suggestions and ideas on how things can change.

  6. Can you stop heat from escaping?
    Check for draughts. Insulate lofts, walls and doors.
Smart meter on breakfast table

Smart meters

Smart meters will be offered to every home and small business (those with fewer than 10 employees) by 2020. They provide accurate readings directly to suppliers, bringing an end to estimated bills, and show customers what they are spending in pounds and pence, in near real time.

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