Companies are more reliant on electricity than ever before. If you’ve noticed your company’s electricity bill going up, here are a few tricks that could help to reduce costs.
#1. Switch to the cloud
If you currently use your own local server, switching to the cloud could save you a lot of money by reducing your electricity consumption. Private servers use up a lot of energy to stay cool, whilst you don’t have to pay any energy bills to use a remote cloud server.
The cloud can also have other advantages, such as allowing employees to work remotely. With more employees working from home instead of in the office, your company energy bills will be reduced saving you further money.
#2. Install a meter
You could also consider installing an energy meter. This could help to make you more aware of your electricity consumption by showing you exactly how much you’re spending on it as you’re using it.
You can install a meter by hiring a level 2 service provider. You could even get a smart meter installed which you can check readings for on your phone.
#3. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use
Appliances that are constantly left plugged in could be adding huge costs onto your electricity bill. This includes computers, printers and extension cables. Check every evening before leaving the office that all machines are unplugged or switched off at the wall.
You could enforce this as a rule that your employees follow if you’re not always the last to leave the office.
#4. Upgrade old appliances
Old computers and printers could be worth replacing – many of these appliances are likely to guzzle power compared to modern appliances. You can even save money by replacing old light bulbs for modern LED bulbs.
When shopping around for new appliances always check their energy rating. Appliances that have a good level of energy efficiency are usually given an Energy Star recommendation, which is something to look out for.
#5. Consider adding a renewable energy source
You could even consider taking your energy source off grid and never having to pay an energy bill to a provider ever again. Solar energy is the most common way of doing this – by installing solar panels on the roof of your commercial property, you can generate all your own electricity.
Solar panels aren’t cheap to install, but you’re certain to make your money back over time. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a clear sky to generate power and many modern solar panels can generate electricity even on the cloudiest of days.
On top of solar power, you can also generate electricity using wind power. Commercial wind turbines don’t generate as much power as solar panels and are unlikely to power up a whole office, however they could still be a good supplement, especially if your office is located in a windy area.