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Whether it’s because you’ve suddenly become a lot more energy conscious or because you’ve started to notice the rise in energy bills (that might become even more drastic as time goes on), there’s no better time to look at reducing your energy bill. Here, we’re going to look at the biggest ways that you can start reducing them, including some pretty drastic changes to your business and the way that you operate.
Almost every business active nowadays uses some kind of technology to keep providing the products and services that they do. However, you should look at the scale of all of the technology that you use and ask yourself just how necessary all of it really is. One of the easiest ways to slim down this profile is to look at going paperless. Fewer printers, copiers and the like can reduce not just the energy spent on keeping them running, but you can save a ton of money on paper and the storage space necessary for that paper.
Just over a decade ago, the prospect of using renewable energy for a significant portion of your business’s energy supply might have seemed like a pipe dream. The technology used to be very expensive but, as more people adopt it and more businesses like Melbourne Energy Group get into providing it and our understanding of technologies like solar increases, the costs keep going down. Now, depending on where your business is situated, installing renewable energy options like solar panels could end up paying for itself or, at the very least, become less expensive than fossil fuel-based energy in a short period of time.
There are plenty of bad habits that could see you spending more on your energy bill than you need to. This could include failing to turn off equipment that’s not in use, using inefficient settings for heating and cooling, or not taking care of your HVAC equipment so that it becomes less efficient. If your heating and cooling system isn't working correctly, you could be wasting a lot of energy and money. This is something you should really keep an eye on. You could run an energy audit of your office through organizations like the Energy Efficiency Council to see where most of the waste is coming from, allowing you to make fixes that could see serious reductions to your energy bill.
It’s not just your technology and energy usage that determines your energy bill, but the building itself. For instance, if your building’s ventilation is poor, then it can take more power to heat or cool it effectively. Similarly, you should look at whether or not you could install insulation that can help you not only keep it warmer in the winter but also maintain its cool in the summer.
If you want to make a really big change to your energy bill, then you’re likely going to need to make a big change to your business. Of course, there are plenty of additional smaller ways to go about it, as well.
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