Small business savings tips

With most offices open for around 50 - 60 hours per week, many small businesses are searching for ways to make savings on their electricity bills.

Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling.

Use technology efficiently

Many small offices have countless pieces of technology, which are necessary to keep the business going.

Ensuring these are used as efficiently as possible could help you see lower electricity bills.

One such idea is to see if faxes can be sent directly to your computer, instead of printed out on paper. This will not only save you on the cost of printing, but could also save you valuable time.

Make computer use efficient

Computers are now an essential work item, so it is important to ensure you are using these machines efficiently, helping you to make savings on your electricity prices.

Make sure that all employees are turning their computers, including the monitor, off when they leave to go home at the end of the day.

If you are going to be away from your desk for a period of more than 15 minutes, turn your monitor off.

Screen savers do not actually prevent electricity from being used to power the computer and actually use as much energy as an active screen.

Use the off switch

The office lights should be switched off at night, and in some cases can even be powered off during the day if there is enough light in the building to work comfortably without them.

If there is nobody else in the office and you plan on leaving for more than 10 minutes, you should switch these lights off as that is more energy efficient.

Other items you can switch off include printers and mobile phone chargers. Even if your mobile is not plugged in, the charger will still draw power from the grid.

Go paperless

Rather than printing out pages and pages of information, try to view as much data as you can online.

This will help you lower your business electricity costs as well as saving you paper and reducing your  carbon footprint.

If you can, try to send emails rather than faxes so you don't need to switch on the fax machine, which sucks up power from the grid.

Use the dishwasher carefully

If your office boasts a dishwasher, ensure you only use this appliance when it is full to reduce the amount of extra loads you will need to run.

This could also lower your electricity or gas prices.

Posted by Tim Wolfenden.