This winter is set to be one of the most challenging in recent memory for UK businesses. A £150 billion support package has been put in place to cut energy bills in half for businesses and households in the coming months. However, business owners and entrepreneurs can still expect hefty costs this winter.
So, what can you do to keep them as low as possible? From tweaking the temperature to switching suppliers, here’s how you can save money on your business’ winter bills.
Turn down the thermostat
Don’t let your thermostat blow hot and cold. If you stick to a consistent temperature in the office, you’ll save money by not using more energy than you need to.
You can also drop your costs by lowering your thermostat temperature by only one degree. Simple Energy Advice reckons you’ll cut your heating bills by 10% if you do so.
You can always look elsewhere if you’re unhappy with your current energy tariff. Comparing business energy prices is a simple way to see if you’re getting the best deal. You’ll either find a better price with a different supplier or confirm you’re already on the best possible tariff.
Take advantage of remote working
Remote working has become the norm for many businesses since the COVID-19 pandemic. If your business isn’t one of those, consider making the switch.
With staff in their own homes rather than at the office, the energy used on your premises will decrease. You might even see an uptick in productivity.
It’s worth encouraging workers to download a VPN for Android or whatever devices they use. This can help keep company data secure when working across different networks.
Draughtproof the workplace
If you’re committed to keeping people in the office, keep them warm with a few simple checks. Before reaching for the thermostat, check windows and doors for insulation issues. If you have gaps, you can recaulk the main offenders at little expense.
Consider investing in strip curtains to limit heat loss if you operate an industrial business with big warehouse doors.
Stop the standby
Leaving your electricals on standby all the time can be a costly and unnecessary luxury – the average household wastes £368 on it. Imagine that for a business with many more devices in use, and you can see how turning things off at the plug could save you big money.
There’s no doubt businesses face huge challenges with their bills this winter. While that won’t change, making sure you’re not paying more than you need – is essential. With the tips above, you can ensure you’re only paying for the bits you need the most.