Energy efficiency checklist
Using energy more efficiently will save your business money by cutting your energy bills. To help identify potential savings you should:
- Conduct a walk-round survey of your business to spot immediate money and energy saving opportunities.
- Assign responsibility for energy efficiency to someone within the business and give them the necessary time and resources to do the job thoroughly.
- Take regular meter readings to get an accurate picture of how much energy your business is using and where the biggest savings could be made.
- Use one of the Carbon Trust tools to benchmark your business against industry norms.
- Contact one of the government-funded organisations like the Carbon Trust. They offer free telephone consultancy and on-site visits to businesses that use a lot of energy.
- Check that you are on the correct energy tariff. For example, if you have a 'day/night' tariff but do not use electricity overnight, it's likely that your bills are higher than they need to be.
- Talk to alternative suppliers of energy about the tariffs they could offer you and whether these beat the terms offered by your current supplier.
- Consider inviting energy companies to tender for your business.
Carbon Trust: General building walk-round survey advice
Carbon Trust: Industrial site walk-round survey advice
Carbon Trust Energy performance benchmarking
Resource Efficient Scotland: Save energy
The buyENERGYonline: Energy supplier tendering facility