With the expensive world that we live in today many companies have become budget-conscious. Saving money has become one of the top priorities in any business. One easy way is to switch over from electricity to gas.
Although there are special business gas tariffs and contracts available to companies, gas prices can change. Budget-conscious companies still have ways to save money. They just need to know where to look online.
All you have to do to find tips and tricks to save money is to open websites covering the topic. This way, your business will soon experience massive savings on their gas.
What are Some Tips and Tricks for Saving Money on Business Gas?
· Understanding your energy bill.
If you have a better understanding of your energy bill, you can see where money is spent. Unnecessary spending can be stopped, and plans can be put in place to save money in other areas.
· Take advantage of tax breaks.
There are tax schemes that can exempt your business from paying some taxes. If your business uses a lot of energy due to its size and nature, some of your taxes could be reduced. If your business is small and does not use a lot of energy, you could be exempt from some taxes. The more energy-efficient technology your business has, the fewer some of your taxes will be.
· Switch energy supplier and tariff.
Look for any other suppliers that could offer you better deals for your money. You can also change to a better tariff with your current supplier.
· Arrange an energy audit.
An energy audit gives an overview of how and where you use energy. It also shows where you are wasting energy, so that you can make immediate changes.
· Check your business equipment.
This includes IT equipment, kitchen appliances, machinery, heaters, radiators, and air vents. Older equipment will use more energy, so maybe it is time to invest in more efficient options that will save money in the long run. Remember to maintain, service, and clean your equipment. This can be done by implementing maintenance and cleaning schedules.
· Shut equipment down when it’s not in use.
When it is not necessary for equipment to be on overnight or weekends, they can be switched off. This includes turning off lights, fans, and air conditioners at the end of the day.
· Get your people involved.
Draw up energy-saving plans and schedules and distribute them to your employees. They can help to save energy by switching off any equipment and lights at the end of the day. It is not necessary to fill the kettle all the way with water if only one or two people will be using hot water. More than one person can use the microwave simultaneously. Create rewards for those who save the most energy, and by doing so implement behavioural change.
· Dress according to the weather.
Instead of turning on the heaters or air conditioners, people can dress according to the weather. If it is cold, wear a sweater. If it is hot, wear something with short sleeves.
· Installing energy efficient measures.
By installing energy efficient measures, you can save energy while the lights are still on. Upgrade your lighting system to LED technology, and install lighting controls. These include daylight-linked controls, occupancy sensors, and flexible manual controls. Smart meters indicate when and where you use the most energy. This will help to decrease energy use in necessary areas, saving money.
· Timers and thermostats.
Save money by changing the way you’re heating and cooling your business. Use timers that regulate the thermostats according to occupancy, time of day, and weekends. Timers can switch off thermostats outside of business hours. Inform the staff not to change thermostat settings. If a space is not being used, it does not need to be heated or cooled. Make sure that radiators, heaters, and air conditioners are in optimal positions. Make sure to keep thermostats away from direct sunlight and any draughts.
· Windows, doors, and insulation.
Instead of turning the heater or air conditioner on, make sure that all windows and doors are closed. Keeping the cold and heat out, depending on the need. Make sure that there are no gaps where the heat or cold could escape, and that windows and doors seal properly.
· Flexible or remote working.
If fewer people are working from the office, fewer equipment needs to be turned on. Create a schedule of who works from home on which days, creating a cycle of energy saving.
Understand where your money is spent, and on what. When you have an outline of what is unnecessarily expensive, you know where to cut costs. Take advantage of every deal and discount that you can. Make sure that your business is up to standard. From the equipment, to the windows, doors and insulation. If something is not being used, turn it off. Use all of the saving resources available to you. If everyone in the workplace doesn’t work together to save energy, it will most likely not work. The most important element is the human one.
Lynn Martelli is an editor at Readability. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has worked as an editor for over 10 years. Lynn has edited a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, and more. In her free time, Lynn enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.