What can businesses do to save money during Big Energy Saving Week?

21 January 2019

Every year, the Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Citizens Advice join together to promote Big Energy Saving Week,

which aims to help consumers reduce their energy use and expenditure on gas and electricity bills. While Big Energy Saving Week may be aimed at domestic energy consumers, that doesn’t mean businesses can’t follow some of the same advice and try to reduce their energy consumption and save money in the process, either.

It’s estimated that the average UK SME spends around £3,000* each year on energy. Below, we look at several tactics that your business could use to begin and continue saving on its energy costs.

What can you do in the workplace?

Getting the rest of the office in the habit of practising proper energy saving is an excellent way of ensuring things like gas and power aren’t going to waste. However, depending on the make-up of the office, it can sometimes be easier said than done. There are plenty of ways business owners can encourage employees to become more conscious of their own energy usage. If you’re looking to get the ball rolling, then you’ll find some simple tips to get them to switch up their habits here.

Are you looking to take things a little further and give your business’ eco-credentials a boost? Our guide to engaging employees and saving more is a great step for those wanting things to become a bit more official, touching on appointing an energy champion, publishing an official energy saving policy and more. In fact, we delved deeper on those two topics, as well as other things, in our introductory guide to energy management.

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(*Figure based on average non-half hourly consumption in non-domestic properties)

 How can you safeguard your business further?

While teaching employees the benefits of becoming more aware of their habits is great, there’s only so much they can be expected to do on top of their day-to-day tasks. Behind the scenes, the responsibility is on the business owner to implement the correct measures that are necessary to making some large savings on their bills.

One way to make some positive changes is by conducting an audit. Far from the time-consuming process it sounds like, carrying out an energy audit is a surprisingly simple undertaking. With everything from initial steps and making a business case to helpful best practice tips, our guide on how to conduct an energy audit of your business is a great place to start.

Shopping around for energy quotes is part and parcel of getting the best deal when it comes to saving on energy, but it can be a laborious process. Luckily, our guide to comparing energy quotes helps to take some of the legwork out of it.

Sector-specific energy saving guides

Depending on the sector your business operates in, you might need to fine-tune your approach. After all, running a hotel isn’t the same as making sure a gym is operating as smoothly as possible. With Gazprom Energy supplying energy to all manner of sectors, businesses and organisations, we pride ourselves on also providing you with the knowledge needed to save wherever you can. That’s why we’ve collated all our sector-specific energy saving guides below:

For more useful tips on reducing your energy bills, check out the rest of the Gazprom Energy blog. Or, to find out about our competitive gas and power contracts for small businesses, visit the homepage or call us on 0161 837 3395.

Note: This article was updated 21st January, with fresh content and information

The views, opinions and positions expressed within this article are those of our third-party content providers alone and do not represent those of Gazprom Energy. The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this article are not guaranteed. Gazprom Energy accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

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