Increasing your business’s profits is usually achieved by reducing operating costs and increasing revenues. Because increasing revenues is much harder than cutting costs, businesses that want to increase profits should find areas where they can cut costs. Energy costs are one such area because depending on the type and size of your business, energy costs can make up a huge percentage of your operating expenses. So how do you reduce your energy costs? Keep reading!
Find and Eliminate Energy Wasters
There are some items that businesses deem to be essential but actually cost your business money. One of these is the lights. Switching to energy-efficient LED bulbs and switching your lights off when not in the office will cut your energy bills by some margin. The second item is space heaters. Even if your business might need them, try to use them only when you need them and power them off when you do not.
Air conditioning, copiers and phone chargers are other energy wasters that have to be switched off when not needed.
Smart home and office devices can help you reduce your power bills. These smart devices will switch devices on when you need them and off when you do not. For example, if you have a smart thermostat in your office, you can set it to optimise the temperature in the office. This way, you will not be wasting energy trying to heat or cool a room that is already at the right temperature.
Smart light switches will also help you cut your energy bills as they will turn your lights off at designated times, like when everyone has left the office.
Switch to Cheaper Electricity
Many business owners do not know they can switch to a different business electricity supplier. If you want to reduce your energy bills, it would be a good idea to find a cheap business electricity supplier. When doing this, you can visit comparison websites that let you compare different business electricity suppliers, see how much they charge, and choose one that is right for your business.
You can also get quotes from all these different suppliers so you know how much you could potentially save before you sign any contracts.
Opt for Natural Light
As we have already established, lights do not only consume a lot of power; they also waste a lot of it. Switching to natural light will help you eliminate this problem by some measure. Start by opening shades and letting in as much light as possible. If you have the budget, you can also repaint the office in bright colours as these reflect the light around the office, making it appear brighter even under low-light conditions.
Switch to Laptops
If you are thinking of upgrading the computers in your office, switch to laptops. It used to be that desktops were much more powerful than laptops. This is no longer the case, as laptops are catching up, and with laptops using up to 90% less power than desktops, switching is a no-brainer.
When looking at where to cut costs in your business, you should start by reviewing your energy consumption. Once you do, you are likely to find areas where you can save some money.