by Guest Blogger . October 16th, 2014
By Hannah Corbett
Hannah Corbett is a writer who specialises in the startup business and energy industries.
As temperatures drop, energy costs rise. With this coming winter predicted to be a chilly one, managing the cost of gas and electricity bills is more important than ever – particularly for small businesses.
It’s thought that energy bills for SMEs could increase by an extortionate 44% for gas, and 32% for electricity* – which could amount to as much as half of the overall energy usage for the year.
In order to combat these rising costs, small businesses can take a number of preventative steps to increase the energy efficiency of their business, and reduce consumption.
The following are key areas that all small businesses can target:
If your business is not utilizing any of the above energy-saving techniques, then it may be time to incorporate some into your business’s day-to-day operations. It does not cost a lot of money to invest in some of the more simple methods, and the savings are often well worth it.
Remember that winter is just around the corner, and your energy bill costs are only likely to rise over the coming months. A 20% cut in energy costs can equal the same as a 5% increase in sales – and a boost like that in your bottom line could be a huge help this winter.
* Statistics based on: www.britishgas.co.uk/business/smarter-working/energy-made-simple/saving-energy/winter
Hannah Corbett is a writer who specialises in the startup business and energy industries. She’s passionate about improving energy efficiency, reducing consumption, and helping others to do the same. To connect with Hannah, and keep up to date with the latest in the business world, follow her on Twitter.
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