Operating a small-scale retail outlet of any kind is a constant challenge and one that often puts significant demands on the energies of business owners and their staff. But while you might need to rely on cups of tea or coffee to keep your own fuel levels up as a retailer, it’s generally good sense to try to keep your commercial energy costs down as much as possible.

Here’s a look at some of the ways that small-scale retailers might look to do so in a simple but effective manner.

  • Windows

Most retail outlets, regardless of what’s actually being sold within them, will be fitted with front-facing windows to offer an enticing glimpse of what’s on sale inside. The more eye-catching the window displays are the better but the windows themselves should also be considered from an energy use perspective. Large windows don’t just let light in, they provide a natural source of heat as well during daylight hours. So switched-on retailers can use this to their advantage and turn their heating up and down accordingly and when the weather allows.

  • Bright lights

Retailers often opt for clever lighting tricks within their stores in order to draw their customers’ eyes to particular displays or to accentuate certain aspects of their shops. This is a sensible use of promotional lighting but it’s worth being aware that some light bulbs use rather more energy over the course of a given day than others. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) work just as well as halogen lights, for example, but they use notably less energy in the process and they can therefore help retailers routinely save money on their energy bills.

  • Staff room sensors

Depending on the scale of your store, as a retailer there will be certain spaces, such as staff rooms, that are used less frequently than others. These kind of spaces will often be lit by one, some or lots of lightbulbs on a routine basis even while they’re completely unoccupied. By deploying sensors, which aren’t necessarily expensive to buy or install, retailers can save more money on their energy bills by ensuring that the seldom used parts of their premises are only illuminated when they need to be.

  • Keeping doors closed

It’s crucial for retailers to appear welcoming to all their customers so their front doors are often left open as if to invite any interested passers-by in for a closer look. This is all fair and well of course but there’s really no need for retailers to leave open the doors they use to take deliveries. Making sure your exterior doors and goods entrances are closed unless they are being used is another way in which energy usage and energy bills can be kept low as a small-scale retailer.