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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

In this Guideline

Simple ways to save energy

How to monitor your energy use

Create an energy efficient work culture

Energy efficiency tips for different types of business

Financing loans and tax incentives for energy efficient equipment

Energy efficiency: sources of advice and financial help

Checklist: Using energy efficiently

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