How Your Retail Business Can Become More Energy Efficient

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In 2018, total energy consumption in the UK reached its highest level since 2013, at 143 million tonnes of oil equivalent.

If you’re a retail business, energy costs can eat up a large proportion of your profits. 

The good news is, there is something you can do about it. With an effective energy plan, you can significantly reduce the amount of energy that your retail business uses.

Read on as we look at how to make your retail business more energy efficient.

1. Lighting

Lighting usually makes up a large proportion of a retail business’s energy usage. Making simple changes can have a huge impact on your electricity costs.

The most obvious way to reduce the energy use from your lights is to turn them off when you’re not using them. Installing timers or motion-detection sensors are good ways of ensuring that lights are on when they need to be. 

Replacing older bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs or low-wattage fluorescent bulbs will also have a significant impact on energy efficiency. Lighting maintenance can also help; keeping lights dust-free is a simple way to increase output without using more energy.

2. Heating

Heating is another area where retail businesses can make energy efficiency savings. 

The simplest method is to turn down the thermostat. A reduction of one degree could save as much as 13% of your energy costs. You need your business to be comfortable for both staff and shoppers, but you should be able to turn the heating down by a degree without a noticeable difference.

Installing smart thermostats gives you even more control over your heating, allowing you to set different temperatures for different parts of the day and different schedules for different days of the week. Some smart thermostats will also adapt their settings according to the outside conditions meaning you’ll spend less on heating if the sun is pouring into your business. 

3. Cooling

Air conditioning is also a significant addition to your energy usage.

Again, changing your thermostat settings can make you more energy efficient. Try turning up the temperature at which the air conditioning kicks in and you will notice significant savings. 

Controlling when and where air conditioning is used is also another route to becoming more energy efficient. Smart thermostats will give you much more control over how your air conditioning functions.

4. Equipment

On average, computers are responsible for more than 10% of business energy use. 

Turning off any business equipment at the end of the day will make a noticeable impact on your energy use. You can also use timers or smart plugs to ensure that you’re not wasting power unnecessarily.

Other simple tips include turning down the brightness on monitors and keeping little-used equipment such as printers or photocopiers turned off until they are needed.

Are You Looking for Support in Implementing an Energy Plan for Your Retail Business?

If you’re looking for support with implementing an energy plan for your retail business then we’re here to help.

We not only provide cost analysis but also offer a management service that regularly monitors your electricity and gas accounts on a site by site basis. We tailor our approach to fit your requirements and are happy to provide as little or as much assistance as you advise. We can offer half-hourly data analysis, audit your bills, and even match your requirements with suppliers.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.