As we approach winter businesses will be inclined to start turning up the heat, but it is important to ensure that as a business owner, you are adequately prepared. Each year between October and March business owners that use heating oil see their commercial heating bills soar in an effort to keep their properties warm. This will ultimately begin to effect profits but there are ways in which businesses can ensure that they are using their oil effectively. You can not only improve your sustainability and reduce costs but also ensure that your businesses carbon footprint is kept as low as possible.
There are a number of small changes you can make that won’t cost you and will save you money on your energy bills. Here we have compiled a small list for your consideration;
- Be aware of where you are heating
It may seem like an obvious point to make but you can often forget which rooms have heating in them which means you could be heating spaces you don’t need to be. You should only be heating rooms which are in use at the time, even hallways can be kept on a lower temperature as they are only occupied for minutes at a time. In doing so you will begin to see a drastic reduction in your energy costs.
- Ensure you aren’t paying over the odds for your oil
Everyone wants to get the best price for their oil and whilst the oil market regularly fluctuates it particularly increase during the winter. Therefore, it’s important to bulk buy your oil just before or at the start of the season when the prices are more reasonable. If you leave it too late you will find yourself paying over the odds and under pressure to get it all sorted in time.
- Have your tank prepared
Before the colder months set in you will want to perform any maintenance checks necessary on your oil storage tank. Any rust or damage to the tank that is left during the winter could eventually cause it to completely shut down which will not only cost you a large amount to fix but also cost you in time. If you cannot provide adequate heating the day to day running of your business may have to stop for an unknown period of time. This is something most business owners would not be able to easily recover from.
- Keep an eye on your thermostat
It’s important to make sure that you have a consistent and adequate temperature, especially in office spaces. A recommended temperature is usually around 18 degrees, but you may want to play around with this to see what allows your employees to feel most comfortable. It is important to bear in mind that for every degree that you increase your temperature, your energy bill is estimated to go up by around 8%. By turning down your thermostat by even a degree you could ultimately save a substantial amount on your energy bill.
It is small changes such as these that will reduce heat being lost and ensure that your heating system is running as energy efficiently as possible. By taking this time to analyse your businesses heating this winter you will see a reduction in your CO2 output, your energy bills and most importantly you’ll save time.