Reducing your energy usage will not only help lower the price you pay on your energy bill, but also increase the value of your property as well as give you the chance to let you market yourself as an energy saving business, drawing energy conscious customers and strengthening your sales pitch of energy efficient products.
Once you’ve gotten an energy contract that suits your business (for more on energy contracts, read our last article Reducing Your Field Service Business Energy Costs: Contracts), there are any number of small things you can do to reduce your usage and save money. This includes things like turning off lights and equipment when not in use, installing better lightbulbs, reducing heater/airconditioner use and so on.
Some large scale projects will have a more noticeable effect on your energy costs. Investing in upgrading your office appliances and conditions to use less fuel with more efficiency may cost a lot in the short term, but can result in significant savings in the long run. Make sure to research and discuss what are the best money-saving products to use for home and office – here is a good starting point. If you’re planning on moving out of your current premises soon, certain upgrades like automatic and sealed doors may still be worthwhile as they will increase the property’s value and rentability. If the upfront cost of new equipment is a concern, leasing new equipment is a great option, as it also allows you to test the suitability of the equipment for your business needs.
Installing solar panels at a home office will not only reduce what you’re paying to your energy retailer, but you may also be able to sell excess electricity from your panels back to retailers. If you do install solar panels, keep in mind that you’ll get less out of them during winter and when the sky is cloudy. Other useful tips for small businesses looking to become more energy efficient can be found here, while larger companies that might want to look at co- and tri-generation technology can find more details here. Other tips for both small and large businesses can be found here and here.
As a field service business, having an energy efficient car is a key way to reduce your expenses, and with the 20 thousand dollar tax break introduced in June, looking into a new ride is a good idea. The Truck Buyers Guide is where you want to start if you are taking large or specific equipment to sites with you, otherwise the Green Vehicle Guide is the go-to place to research the most energy efficient cars. Always remember that a cheap, energy inefficient car will cost you more in the long run than a more expensive car that will go further on less and cheaper fuel.
What tricks have you learnt to reduce your energy costs? Let us know in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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