Five solutions to help you save money on your energy bill
Most entrepreneurs and small business owners are keen to cut costs and spend less money on the things they can control. As energy can be a relatively large overhead for many businesses, assessing and making small tweaks to the way you use it could translate into large savings. Whatever the size of your business, there’s a range of ways you can save money on your energy.
Monitor your energy use with smart meters
New technologies are opening up opportunities for you to monitor the energy your business uses. SSE Business Energy offers different metering options depending on the size of your business. It also means an end to estimated bills as there’s no need to submit your meter readings, which can improve cashflow by reducing the possibility of catch-up bills.
SSE Business Energy customers can also get free access to Clarity, our online energy management tool. Clarity works alongside smart meters by taking your energy data and interpreting it into a meaningful picture of when and how you use energy – helping you identify areas where you could cut your consumption and save money.
Download our energy efficiency toolkit
Improving your business’s energy efficiency can save you money – even small adjustments such as switching off computer monitors when they’re not being used can translate into considerable savings. To help businesses do this, we’ve developed a free energy efficiency toolkit, which is available on the SSE Business Energy website.
This includes useful resources like a checklist to help you assess your business’s current energy efficiency, simple steps you can take to start saving money immediately and advice on how to keep your employees engaged with the energy efficiency process.
Arrange an energy audit
You could also make further savings by arranging for a professional energy audit. As part of this, your assessor will look closely at every aspect of your energy consumption and come up with some specific solutions to help your business reduce its energy usage and cut carbon emissions.
Cut your energy usage
It may sound obvious, but another simple way to save money is to reduce the amount of energy you use. At its most basic, this will mean taking steps like switching off lights when they’re not being used, but by shifting your usage to a less busy time, you can also significantly reduce the amount of energy you use. For instance, could you arrange for your office cleaners to come in the morning rather than in the evening? The natural light means they’ll be less likely to need to turn lights on and there’s the added benefit that energy is often cheaper before 7.30am, as you’ll still be using your night tariff.
Whether you’re a start-up or a scale-up, follow SSE Business Energy’s advice today and start making savings.
For more information on any of the products or services mentioned in this piece, visit ssebusinessenergy.co.uk.