In a business, the need to cut costs can be an imperative and, at least for the smaller organisation, it can mean the difference between staying afloat and sinking into closure. But, there are a number of factors in your overheads that are unavoidable, with a necessity such as energy usage being one of the highest cost factors to a business.
And yet, there are a number of effective ways to cut down on your energy consumption.
It can be amazing how little a company considers how much energy it consumes in just a single day. Just think – every light fitting, computer terminal, internet modem and radiator all draining your cash, sometimes unnecessarily.
That’s why it’s important to know how you can save on your bills, and understand what options are available to you.
With sub-metering, for example, you can gain access to a far larger range of statistics and figures on your energy consumption, allowing you to cut down on any unnecessary expenditure.
It differs from the traditional form of metering, which was generally used by power companies to track how much your bill would cost, giving you an overall figure that wasn’t nuanced enough to really aid a business.
Instead, sub-metering can break down your energy consumption into the zones that are taking up the most power, allowing you to slash any wasteful power consumption armed with this knowledge.
How tracking your energy usage can help save the environment
But, it’s not all about saving money. With environmental concerns a constant hot topic, stepping forward with the future of metering is also an effective way to reduce your business’s carbon footprint.
And, it’s a concept that even the largest businesses have cottoned onto, with British company The Co-Operative measuring the carbon emissions of their supermarkets in 2006 and, after finding that refrigerators were their biggest emitter, changed to more eco-friendly models that have subsequently reduced carbon emissions by approximately 600,000 tonnes a year.
With sustainability increasingly going hand in hand with good product, a business can also increase its reputation with customers by branding itself as eco-friendly, creating a new marketing opportunity.
Overall, there’s a guaranteed benefit to your business should you start to track and reduce your energy usage, with carbon reduction and increased commercial potential blending together to create a perfect circle of advantages.
It’s almost amazing to think that something as small as turning out lights in an unused room or replacing your servers with more efficient alternatives can aid your finances, but it’s true.
As we march onwards into a greener age, the tracking and reducing of your business’s energy output is becoming one of the benchmarks for quality in a company, so make sure you stay ahead of the curve.