Saving Energy and Reducing Commercial Energy Bills

July 4, 2023
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Large commercial environments require a lot of energy – temperature regulation, technology use, lighting…the list goes on!
You know you want to reduce your commercial energy bills, but you don’t know where to start. Plus, business sustainability initiatives are becoming increasingly important, so you want to save energy to reduce your environmental impact.
Here at Lumen Electrical, we are experts in green solutions and powering your premises with sustainable energy options. Keep reading to find out our advice on saving energy and reducing commercial energy bills.

Evaluate Your Existing Energy Use

The key to reducing your commercial energy bill is understanding where the waste is coming from.

Study your energy use across every aspect of your business premises to see where the inefficiencies are. This will help you to evaluate where you are spending the most money. Are there particular times or days of the week when you see spikes in energy use – and why?

An energy audit will help you see if particular appliances are being left on when they shouldn’t be or if any of your technology has become inefficient due to being old or damaged.

Once you understand where changes need to be made, you can create a plan of action to save both energy and money in the long run.

Embrace Smart Technology

Smart technology gives you more control over your energy use, and therefore your energy bills, than ever before.

You can schedule specific times for your heating and lighting and adjust easily using an app on your smartphone. This means, for example, that if your office warms up more quickly than expected, you can easily switch off the heat and cut your bills in the process.

Create Internal Energy Policies

Making a list of the initiatives you will take to reduce your commercial energy bill is one thing. But how to you action them?

The easiest way is to get your team involved. Create policies you want your staff to follow, and then appoint a person or team to drive employee engagement.

These initiatives don’t have to be huge – small steps can make a big difference.
For example, ask your employees to switch off lights when not in use, turn off plug sockets, and turn their computers off at the end of the day rather than leaving them on standby.
Every action will help reduce your commercial energy bill by saving energy in sustainable ways.

Improve Lighting Efficiency

Time and time again, businesses discover that the majority of their energy bills are comprised of unnecessary lighting costs.
Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption.
Here are a few different options you could consider:

  • Replace outdated bulbs with LED lights
  • Install motion sensors, so the lights only go on when activity is picked up
  • Use dimmer switches
  • Consider timed lighting
    We also recommend taking advantage of natural light as much as you can!
    Position workspaces strategically near windows to reduce your need for artificial
    light, especially during long summer days.
    Finally, it might sound obvious, but ask people to turn the lights off when they
    leave their workspace! You will be surprised at how many people won’t even
    realise they are leaving the lights on longer than they need to be.

We hope this blog has shown you that with simple changes in key areas, reducing your commercial energy bill and energy use isn’t as hard as you might think.

If you would like to work with an expert to make your commercial space more energy efficient, Lumen Electrical would love to help.

We are committed to making green energy a reality for as many businesses as possible. We can provide bespoke sustainable electrical work that helps simultaneously decrease your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bill.

Get in touch if you would like to learn more.

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