It’s estimated that UK businesses could reduce their bills by around 15% if they took positive action to address the areas where energy is wasted.

When you also consider that on average 10-20% of the energy bought by businesses is lost, it’s clear that management should take steps to really improve their organisation’s energy efficiency.

Responsible businesses will look to increase employee awareness on the issue, but before a policy is outlined, it’s important to know which areas are to blame for wastage.

Here are the five main culprits:

1.Lighting

It really is common sense, but if a light is on that you aren’t using, it’s wasting energy. To cut wastage to a minimum, use low energy lighting in the area you are working in, and turn the lighting off in unoccupied parts of the workplace.

Only use the lights you need, and use natural daylight if possible. Look at models which are responsive to their environment, for example, lights that turn on or off depending on natural light or by reacting to movement.

2.Heating

Your employees will in general prefer an environment that’s warm, so saving energy doesn’t mean you have to subject staff to sub-zero Antarctic temperatures. Just ensure the heating isn’t switched on outside of office hours when it needn’t be.

You can do this with smart meters. Smart meters are to be installed in every business in the UK by 2020 and give greater control of usage, check them out.

3.Computers and appliances

Computers, laptops, printers and photocopiers, you name it, all electrical equipment is thirsty for power.

A monitor left on 24 hours a day can cost over £50 during the course of a year, so it makes perfect business sense to outline to your staff the benefits of switching monitors off when the equipment is not being used.

The Energy Saving Trust suggests that overfilling kettles costs Britain £68 million a year in energy costs. While many of us love a brew to break up the working day, consider how many cups you are making to cut down on the electricity used to heat the water.

Look into installing simple smart timers. This way, it won’t matter if you forget to turn things off at the end of the day. Many models make it very easy to set exact times and are perfect for deterring burglars if that’s something you’re worried about.

4.Through lack of maintenance

Keep on top of maintenance and carry out regular inspections. This reduces the amount of energy appliances need to run, and ensures they last longer.

Many companies overlook the preventative maintenance of systems. Regularly cleaning your items and ensuring they are in full working order will minimise any chance of energy being wasted.

Hassle free savings with Project Lower

By implementing saving plans, you can make a difference to overhead costs. This should be incentive enough for any business to really concentrate on reducing energy consumption.

Speak to Project Lower on 0330 333 4106 to see how much you could save with our business energy comparison service.