As the seasons change, so do our energy needs. Whether it’s keeping warm in the winter or staying cool in the summer, finding ways to save on energy costs is always a top priority for businesses. Your energy bills might be an area where you could be overspending without even realising. 

Here are some seasonal tips to help you save money on your energy bills throughout the year.

Winter Energy Saving Tips

During the winter months, heating costs can skyrocket if you don’t manage them efficiently. Consider these tips to keep your energy bills in check:

  • Seal any drafts: Inspect doors and windows for drafts and seal them with weatherstripping or caulk to help prevent heat loss.
  • Use programmable thermostats: Set your thermostat to lower temperatures when you’re asleep or away from home to save on energy use and heating costs.
  • Make the most of natural sunlight: Keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let sunlight in and naturally heat your premises.

Summer Energy Saving Tips

In the summer, cooling practices can account for a significant portion of your energy expenses. Here are some ideas on how you may be able to minimise those costs:

  • Use fans strategically: Ceiling fans and portable fans can help circulate air and make your space feel cooler without relying on air conditioning alone.
  • Close blinds or curtains: Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to prevent sunlight from heating up your space.
  • Invest in radiant heat sources: Avoid heating large spaces with heat fans or other inefficient sources. Invest in radiant heat sources, such as heat panels, for more efficient heating.
  • Service your equipment: Conducting maintenance and services on your heating and cooling equipment ensures it is working properly and efficiently, potentially contributing to lower operating costs. 

Year-Round Maintenance Tips

Adopting year-round maintenance practices can help improve the overall efficiency of your energy usage and may reduce your costs:

  • Regularly change air filters: Dirty air filters can restrict airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and increase its energy consumption. Try to replace filters according to manufacturer recommendations.
  • Upgrade to LED lighting: Replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs, which consume less energy and last longer.
  • Take advantage of mild conditions: During the milder temperatures in spring and autumn, reduce your reliance on mechanical heating and cooling by opening windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your premises and reduce the need for heating or cooling equipment.
  • Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances: When it’s time to replace old appliances, opt for energy-efficient models, which may result in significant long-term savings on your utility bills.
  • Unplug Unused Electronics: Many electronics continue to draw power even when they’re turned off, known as standby or phantom power. Unplug devices or use power strips to disconnect multiple electronics when they’re not in use.
  • Insulate Your Premises: Proper insulation can help regulate indoor temperatures year-round, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. 
  • Monitor Your Energy Usage: Keep track of your energy consumption with a smart energy monitor or by reviewing your utility bills regularly. Understanding your usage patterns can help you identify areas where you can make further energy-saving improvements.

Adopting Seasonal Tips to Save on Your Energy Bills

Adopting some of these energy-saving and maintenance practices throughout the year may significantly reduce your business energy bills. Next Business Energy is committed to helping you improve your energy efficiency and minimise costs. Send us an online enquiry, and our Integrated Energy Team Advisors will contact you.