A busy office needs a lot of electricity to keep it running day to day. The monthly cost of running your office can soon mount up, so it’s important to understand what you’re paying for and how to keep your costs down.
The amount you pay for your office energy can be influenced by a number of things, including:
When you get your energy bill, most of the costs will be based on the amount of energy your office has used. But you can also expect to see these costs included on your bill:
The amount you pay for business electricity varies depending on your business’s location and your energy supplier, but these average amounts will give you an idea of what to expect to pay:
|Business size||Average annual electricity usage||Average price (per kWh)||Average annual electricity bill|
|Micro business||5,000 kWh||15.9p||£900|
|Small business||15,000 kWh||15.1p||£2,367|
|Medium business||25,000 kWh||14.7p||£3,774|
|Large business||50,000 kWh||14.3p||£7,234|
There are lots of things you can do to make your office more energy efficient, and bring your business energy bills down:
IT equipment uses energy even when it’s in standby mode, so encourage your staff to switch equipment off when it’s not being used. Make sure you use the energy-saving features on things like monitors and printers, and shut down all your equipment at weekends and bank holidays. Simply turning off computers and monitors at night can save £35 a year per desk.
Encourage your staff to switch off office lights when they’re not needed. You could also use movement detectors, time switches and daylight sensors to help with this. It’s worth considering installing energy-efficient lights like LEDs and compact fluorescent products, as these use 80% less electricity than conventional light bulbs. You could reduce your costs by up to 15% by having the right office lighting.
When it comes to heating your office, electric heaters are one of the most expensive options, so it’s best to avoid these. Closing window blinds in the early evening can help reduce night-time heat loss. In warm weather, turn down the heating rather than opening windows, and turn down thermostat radiators - reducing the temperature by just 1C can save enough energy to print over 40 million sheets of A4 paper.
You can also make some bigger changes to your building to help reduce draughts - consider installing automatic closers on external doors, like fire doors, and putting self-adhesive thermal strips around your doors and windows to reduce draughts. Improving your roof insulation could help you keep up to 25% more heat in your building.
Call MoneySuperMarket today on 0800 088 6986 to find out how we can help to cut your office energy bills. Or leave a few details at the top of the page and we’ll give you a call back.
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