Running a business can be a difficult venture. It can become even more difficult when you consider the different types of costs you’ll run into when you’re starting up. Employee salaries, benefits, products, rental space and much more – all of these factors can impact your budget and will have to be taken into consideration when you’re creating and running your business. However, something many people don’t consider is the cost of energy and efficiency when you’re operating.
Electricity, hydro, water and gas can be costly as well especially if you’re working long days or have a wealth of these different energies throughout the week. In order to reduce costs in your business when it comes to energy, there are a variety of different factors you need to consider. By assessing the needs of your employees and your customers when it comes to providing quality and standard energy, you’ll be able to make a plan that helps you cut costs where you need it the most.
Some essential tips come from the way you are already choosing to operate. Ask yourself this list of questions and consider the answers you come up with; many people are surprised that what they do on a day-to-day basis for their business can actually have a great influence over their energy costs.
- Are there always lights on in your business?
- How long are the lights on for? 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.?
- Is the heat always on during the winter?
- Is the air conditioner always on during the summer?
- Are you doing anything already to eliminate the need for a heater or AC unit?
- What type of atmosphere are your employees comfortable in?
- Are there any alternatives you can provide them when you’re moving forward?
- Are the lights turned off at the end of the night?
- Do you have backup security lights in case?
These questions and many more are the essentials that business owners should be asking themselves when they are looking to change the way they spend on energy. If you’re not aware of any of the following questions, then you need to re-examine exactly how you’ve lost track of the energy usage so far. As a result of constant energy usage within your business, not only are you adding unnecessary costs to your budget, but you’re also emitting additional carbons on the environment and having a serious negative impact on the way it functions.
You can even use this opportunity to promote different kinds of energy change within the office. Here is a list of things you can do with your employees to promote energy conservation while at work:
1. Establish energy efficient practices
Depending on the utility company you are paying, they usually have off to high peak times during the day. Try your best to only use excess energy during the low or off peak times. Encourage your employees to follow this same model and see how the energy usage decreases with more initiative.