Energy bills continue to rise and it’s evident that the government are feeling a tad under pressure to get these increases under control. It was reported last year that the average cost of a dual fuel energy bill has risen by 75% since 2004 – that’s shocking for what is less than a decade. In a time where incomes are already feeling the pressure, it’s essential that businesses do their bit to help protect their profits, by reducing their energy consumption and combating climate change at the same time.
While the brunt of the energy increases over the past decade is largely made up of wholesale distribution and policy costs (contributing to 87% of the increases cine 2004 according to last year’s report), domestic and commercial energy users need to try and fight against the rising cost of energy by ensuring that they limit their energy consumption and also compare the market for the cheapest package for them. If you’re a boss of a company, do you need a new business gas supplier? You could be being hit by rising energy costs more if you’re paying for a package that doesn’t suit your requirements. Perhaps you haven’t moved away from estimated billing and you haven’t been sending up to date meter readings. If you do feel like you need a change of supplier, the easy switching process will ensure that everything is done with minimal stress.
With the ongoing concern about climate change hitting the news regularly, businesses are under pressure to try and reduce their consumption and thus, their contribution to the environment. Regardless of the size of a business, reducing energy usage can not only improve energy efficiency but it will also help to fight against the rise in energy costs. The less energy you use, the less you will pay, after all.
Encourage your employees to join in on your energy-saving initiative; being green is easy in the workplace when you know how. Turning electrical items off when not in use and shutting computers down at the end of the day can save heaps over the course of a year, while the installation of motion sensors in less-used areas and timer switches on boilers can help to reduce the use of light and heat when it’s unnecessary.
Provide a car pooling scheme, whereby staff members can share a ride to work – helping to combat climate change and reducing the price they pay on petrol or diesel in the process.
Possibilities are endless – use your initiative and take the first steps towards creating a better future.