Donate to Science & Enterprise

S&E on Mastodon

S&E on LinkedIn

S&E on Flipboard

Please share Science & Enterprise

How Businesses Keep Down Energy Costs

– Contributed content –

Open office

(Marc Mueller,

29 Dec. 2018. It’s not easy to stay on top of the costs of running a business, which always seems to mount up and up. And with the money that you do have, you’d like to spend on developing and growing your company, not just meet the essential costs.

So what if there was a way to put more money in your back pocket? Well, there likely is, if you haven’t yet taken steps to keep your energy costs to a minimum. Below, we take a look at a few effective ways you can keep the costs to a minimum, which will allow you divert money to more important areas of your business.

Implement policies

The less energy that you use, the less that you’re going to spend: it’s as simple as that! But of course, it’s not enough just for you to keep your energy usage to a minimum. You’re only one part of a larger team! As such, everyone needs to know the right energy practices. Look at issuing company-wide policies that aim to keep electricity use to a minimum, involving turning off computers at the end of the day and only printing when it’s essential.

Heating options

You need to keep your offices warm. For starters, it’s not fair to let your employees spend all day in uncomfortably cold conditions. Second, everyone works better when their bodies aren’t trying to keep them warm! But it’s true that heating an entire office can be pretty expensive, especially if you live in a place that gets especially chilly winters. That’s why it’s a good idea to make the most of Red Diesel Fuelbox, which will allow you to heat your premises in a way that is much more cost-effective. There’s no law that says you need to heat your office – or anywhere else for that matter – with gas.

Staying cool

Of course, keeping your offices warm is a battle that takes place during one half of the year. During the other half, you’re trying to keep things cool. While A/C is the most effective method, it’s not always the cheapest option! You should open any windows first to let a breeze through first, but the best policy you can enact is a casual dress code. If no-one’s going to be visiting your offices, then there’s no problem if your staff are wearing shorts, which will help them to keep cool.

Switch out tech

Even if you have sensible policies when it comes to switching off your technology when it’s not being used, it’s still possible that you’re using more energy than necessary. If your tech is old, then it’s going to be less energy efficient, and cost you way more in the long run. Look at upgrading your infrastructure to devices that get the energy – and environmental – seal of approval.

Working from home

Finally, the fewer people that are in the office, the less the energy bill! Look at introducing a work from home scheme on select days. You won’t lose any productivity, but will have a cheaper bill.

*     *     *

1 comment to How Businesses Keep Down Energy Costs