With electricity costs on the rise – some predictions estimate increases of 25% due to the cost of wholesale supply – it’s no wonder that energy bills are proving to be a large portion of a business’ monthly overheads. With many business owners looking towards being green, it’s interesting to see what changes can be made to try and reduce the carbon emissions and improve the balance sheets. Knowing how to cut electricity bills is part of the problem – business owners need to look online to find inspiration to help them and their staff take a proactive approach.
Here are five businesses that have worked hard to reduce their electricity bills, in ways that smaller businesses could be inspired by.
These guys are notoriously considerate to the world in which we live, with part of their mission statement aimed at making the planet a little better. They donate 10% of their profits to the Innocent Foundation which helps rural development projects in countries where they source their fruit. Every step of the way, this drinks company aims to use less electricity wherever they can, with use of renewable sources at their headquarters in Ladbroke Grove, West London.
This convenience store giant has made huge savings on their electricity bills recently, just by shutting their fridge doors and adding doors where necessary. They realised that using open fronted fridges were a main reason for huge electricity wastage and by adding doors to 100 stores nationwide, they are now saving £50million a year on their energy bills.
This DIY conglomerate has focussed on trying to reduce the amount of lighting and heating used in their stores and warehouses, with energy efficient lamps and dimmers being part of their new venture. They have also reduced the temperature of their thermostats during the day and night, saving them heaps.
Not only that but they have also focussed massively on creating greener transport, using biomethane to power their lorries and promising to reduce CO2 emissions from business travel and haulage by 50% over the next ten years. Their all-round approach to energy saving shows how much they care about the world in which we live and hopefully giving other industry giants a little inspiration too.
Marks & Spencers
This multinational company has come a long way since its humble beginnings as the Penny Bazaar in Kirksgate, Leeds back in the late 1880s. While their M&S brand has skyrocketed into the heights of success, they haven’t forgotten about the environment in which we live, with their 2007 initiative, Plan A, still going strong.
Since 2008, they have had three wind turbines which generate enough power to supply three stores via the National Grid. They have also been purchasing renewable energy since 2009. They also aim to reduce the amount of energy used in-store by 25% per square foot and new sites will aim to generate 20% of their energy on-site.
This British retailer uses a building energy management system that has already saved them over three quarters of a million pounds in energy bills. The system controls lighting and heating in 155 stores, but they hope they will be able to expand the system to cover 206 of their stores in due course.
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