However, winter doesn't have to be as an expensive a season as it is, and there are a whole range of simple but effective ways to reduce those energy bills.
Cultivate an energy-conscious working cultureWhen it comes to saving energy often the most effective methods are the basic things we can do ourselves, such as turning off lights when you leave a room, making sure all computers and printers are switched off when not in use and that windows are shut if the heating is running.
Unfortunately this is easier said than done, because although it is simple to say businesses often find it is far harder to actually ingrain these behaviours in their staff. However, getting your energy housekeeping in order is half the battle, so it would be incredibly beneficial to develop a culture of responsibility in your company that compels your employees to save energy.
You could even appoint a designated energy efficiency champion to promote and encourage energy saving behaviour throughout your business.
Implement measures to make saving energy easierOf course no matter how energy conscious your staff are people can still prove forgetful and absentminded, so it may be worth implementing specific measures to take the responsibility away from your employees.
Automatic lighting can be installed in your business that comes equipped with movement sensors to ensure that they are only on when someone is in the room, as well as timers to stop them from coming on at all during daylight hours. There are also taps and plumbing systems that you can put in place that greatly reduces the amount of water you waste, while thermostats and heating controls can strictly monitor and control when and to what degree your heating systems operate.
Employ an efficient heating systemAs well as utilising control and monitoring equipment for your heating, it is essential that the heating system you have in place is energy efficient. One particularly effective system is radiant heating, which can not only reduce building heat loss but also use less energy in the first place.
Unlike alternative systems that blow out warm air, radiant heaters direct radiant energy towards the floor in the form of electromagnetic waves. Instead of heating the air, these waves are absorbed and stored by solid objects, including floors, people and equipment. The air is then warmed up through convection, when it passes across these warm objects.
Unlike warm air heating systems, radiant heating does not require ceiling fans to push the warm air back down towards the floor, while building heat loss via stratification is also reduced. This is because the heat largely remains nearer to the ground, and the resulting lower ceiling temperature means that less warmth is lost through the roof.
For businesses, saving money is a key component of making money, and even if the global economy wasn't struggling it would still make sense to save as much energy as possible. As climate change becomes an ever more pressing concern it is also important for companies of all sizes to do their bit in reducing the UK's overall carbon footprint, and by following these tips you can go a long way in both helping the planet and reducing your energy bills.
- This guest blog was written by John Rooney on behalf of Heaters Wholesale, providers of energy efficient radiant heating systems that can save you money.