Using energy wisely is not only good for the environment but for the business bottom line. Now winter has definitely signalled it is on its way, it is a good time to consider how we are using energy.
A new book “The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business” by Jon Dee and supported by the Department of Industry and Science has just been released, showing how energy use can be reduced not only making your business more efficient but also saving your business money.
Jon Dee wrote the book because he recognised business owners, particularly SMEs had neither the knowledge or time to investigate how best to use energy in their business. The good news is, it need not be costly to implement energy saving measures, nor must all the measures be implemented at the same time to see a benefit.
At the very start of the book is a section “What SME owners think about energy efficiency” and it outlines the following—
- Over 80% feel it is worthwhile making the effort to reduce energy use in their business
- 62% worry about the cost of their next energy bill
- 73% feel that more efficient use of energy would save them money
- 50% indicated a lack of concern from employees when it comes to energy use at work.
Jon Dee makes an excellent point when he says “When a company moves to buy another business, one of the key things they look at is operating costs. One of the biggest costs for any business, apart from staffing, is the amount of energy it uses.” So saving on energy is not only good operationally, it will enhance your exit strategy when you are ready to retire and do all those items on your bucket list.
Among the steps listed are—
- Add up your energy costs – Logical beginning, if you don’t know what you are spending in the first place, you won’t what or where to reduce costs.
- Measure your energy use – Measuring your use, you will find the biggest guzzlers of your energy. There are many monitors and apps, of course there’s an app, to assist you with this step.
- Write an energy reduction plan – When you know how much you are spending and which areas are the hot spots, you can set about writing your plan.
- Get your staff on board – If you don’t have your staff working with you on this, it will be difficult to make the reductions. If staff are involved in the beginning and you actively involve them in the measurement and analysis, you have a good chance of success.
- Negotiate a better energy deal – Once you know the what, how and why you have good information with which to bargain.
- Switch off and save – This is not new, it is something we are constantly told and the numbers have been proven time and again, we just need to remember to do it.
- Cut your lighting bills – Easier said than done? A switch to LED for a start results in significant savings.
- Lower your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning costs – This step will probably require some good advice and guidance and it is possible to get it. The book has great advice on achieving this.
- Save money with solar – Living in our sunny country, this has to be high on the list. Even in winter we have significant sunshine hours which will soon add up to good savings.
You may be thinking some of the steps would be hard to achieve if you are leasing your business and yes, that is valid, but the book also has advice on how to deal with that.
Take each step at a time, with each step comes great advice, tips and tricks and it is easy to follow.
Saving the planet, saving money and also saving on wear and tear without “wasting energy” – sounds like a good deal. The book is available to download at EnergyCut together with other valuable tools and information and it is free!