Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Checklist: Using energy efficiently

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

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