Managing your SME Budget: Keeping your Energy Usage Down

When running a business, it’s vital that you keep a control over your finances and one way in which you can do that is by keeping an eye on your energy usage. Switching providers so that you take advantage of the competitive rates available is a great way in which to reduce your monthly bills, while the fixed rate British Gas business electricity tariffs will ensure that you don’t pay any more than the quoted price, even when the market rates increase.

Fixed price contracts are a great way to ensure a constant monthly payment, regardless of whether it’s a volatile market or not. The unit price that you’ve agreed to will not change and your energy cost won’t rise, meaning that your British Gas bills won’t be unexpected.

Of course, there are plenty of ways in which you and your staff can help to keep your energy usage down. In a world that is begging us to be green and think about the environment we live in, saving energy where we can is crucial. As a business owner, you can incorporate initiatives into your company that will encourage your employees to do their bit for the planet (and your overheads) too.

Invest in motion-sensor lights in rooms and corridors that aren’t used regularly. Passageways and storerooms don’t need to have lights on all the time; fluorescent strip lights that react to movement would be ideal to save on energy, while encouraging your staff to turn lights off in bathrooms and kitchens after use will save even more.

After hours, place all electrical equipment that doesn’t need to stay on, in standby mode or turn them off altogether. To avoid forgetting to do so, use timers so that you don’t have to give it a second thought.

Save on gas by turning the thermostat down, and keep windows bright and unblocked so that natural light can help to keep the room warm and costs low.

Incorporate some, or all, of these energy saving ideas and your energy usage will plummet. Your bank balance will look healthier and the environment will thank you for it!

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