Energy waste endemic in business – you are increasing your own overheads
Energy Waste Survey
British Gas recently carried out a survey from 6,000 business electricity meter readings in the UK and discovered that staggeringly 46% of business electricity use was out of hours!
Given that we are constantly fed information about global warming, being told not to leave TVs on standby, install energy efficient boilers and unplug mobile phone chargers – why is this still endemic in business premises? Is it that managment are too engaged in day to day problems to notice that when they walk out of the office the photocopier is still on? Or do employees think a fairy goes around at night switching everything off, or do they simply not care – they don’t pay the bills?
Whatever the reason, it is a real threat to jobs and businesses, because this study has proven that up to half the electricity bill amount is wracked up through out of hours usage.
Examples of types of waste include:-
- Shops leaving display lighting on overnight
- Car park lighting left on overnight
- Vending machines and kitchen equipment left on
- Photocopiers, printers, computers left on standby
Account managers are now aware of this and we advise our customers to keep an eye on usage. One company made the necessary adjustments after this issue was highlighted to them and these changes, together with an investment in new technologies saved them £9000 on their electricity bill. That is a part time member of staff, or a sales and marketing budget
So are you responsible for increasing your own overheads? Having a qualified account manager analyse your bills can quickly identify where problems exist and what could be changed. Bill analysis does not mean changing suppliers, it entails examining usage, seeing if meters and tariffs are correct, renegotiating tariffs when contracts expire and identifying unecessary consumption. Having the time to do this is impossible for most managers – so give John Betton a call who can do it for free on 0844 801 3464 and start saving money NOW.