As the temperature rises over the summer months, so too do many businesses’ energy bills. Business owners ramp up their air conditioning systems and other equipment used to keep their premises and goods cool, and that can leave them with post-summer bill shock.
However, there is a range of steps business can take to be more energy efficient, and better manage their consumption over the hotter months. This also has the added benefit of keeping carbon emissions lower, a key part of many businesses’ plans to target net zero.
From a cost management perspective, the best first step is to plan ahead and start preparing before we enter the summer peak demand period. Having an energy management plan in place can help businesses even-out their energy costs over the year, rather than have significant peaks and troughs.
For those businesses without a management plan, we have outlined some energy savings tips below.
As businesses continue to welcome staff and customers back onto their premises, there will be a temptation to keep the air conditioning systems running on overdrive. However, using air conditioners more efficiently can have a significant impact on usage and costs.
Fridges, freezers and other equipment
The equipment used for cooling goods can be a large contributor to energy consumption. Ensuring that equipment is as energy efficient as possible (check the ratings) and is fit-for-purpose is a crucial, yet often overlooked first step. Other things to consider include:
Inefficient lighting and unnecessary use can lead to mounting bills. Staying in control of lighting and harnessing daylight can help drive usage down.
These are just some basic tips that can help businesses offset the increased energy use over the coming summer. However, there are a range of other measures that businesses can adopt to help reduce costs and emissions. For example, utilising rooftops for solar generation or optimising existing systems, and maximising the investment through using Energy Action’s Solar Auctions.
Energy Action specialises in achieving significant cost savings from implementing tailored efficiency strategies and has helped businesses save thousands on their energy bills. If you would like to discuss how you can save energy and reduce costs over summer, call 1300 553 551 or visit https://energyaction.com.au.