How to Save on Business Energy Costs Over the Summer
When those dark nights start drawing in, we’re often given some great advice about the best ways to save on business energy costs during the winter. Things like turning off non-essential equipment, maintaining a constant temperature on the thermostat, and so on. But what about when the days become longer and the days become warmer? With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start looking into ways we can save on business energy over the warmer months of the year.
- Shade Your Staff
Instead of keeping the air conditioning unit on full blast – something that’s sure to rack up those business energy bills over the summer – try thinking up some clever ways of cooling your office and your employees down naturally. Improve shading in the office by installing roller blinds or venetian blinds on the windows, or pick up a few large, low maintenance plants to reduce direct sunlight in the building.
- Be Flexible
Unless you have a meeting with some very important clients, it’s a good idea to be a little more lenient in terms of dress codes over the summer. If your staff are required to wear heavy suits in the office, they’re more likely to be turning the air conditioner up higher. Within reason, enabling staff to wear looser, cooler, and more comfortable clothing during the hottest months of the year can be beneficial.
- Keep it Shut
Once you’re happy with the temperature of your office, try closing all the doors and windows and turning the air conditioning unit off. This way, you’ll easily be able to keep the nice cold air inside the office and the hot, humid air out. If you’re in the retail sector, or if you frequently welcome members of the public or clients into your offices, this can be quite challenging, but don’t panic – it can be done!
- Turn off Lights
When the sun is shining, there’s one very important question that you should be asking yourself – ‘do I really need these lights on?’. While there are some cases where lights are necessary – on naturally dark stairways and during meetings, for example, the sun may often provide adequate lighting in many areas of the office. Turning off lights when they’re not needed is a great way to save on business energy costs.
- Compare & Switch
Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it’s a great time of year to have a good look at your existing business energy contracts and question whether you’d be able to get a better deal with a different supplier. It only takes a few minutes to compare business energy providers online, and it’s quick and easy to see which providers are offering the best rates, and the best service, to meet your needs.