How to reduce energy bills in your business

There are many things you can reduce your businesses' energy bills.

Start with an energy assessment

Before you begin making changes in your business, it’s worth finding out where your business uses the most energy. This can be done in house, through gathering recent data and some simple analysis, or by using an energy assessor. Learn more about energy assessments.

Negotiate a better deal

It’s possible to negotiate a better deal from your energy company if you do the preparation and know the areas where there is room to move.

Find tips on negotiating a better energy offer.

Start making changes

Once your energy assessment gives you an idea of where savings can be made, you can start making changes to help reduce your company’s energy use. 

These tips will get you started:

Actively manage demand

Once you understand your energy spend; have started making changes and are on the best energy contract that’s available to your business, you can go further to actively manage demand.

There are many ways to do this, including:  

Upgrading buildings

Businesses running from a building they own can often benefit from energy efficiency improvements.

First, the changes save you money, and second—if you are leasing out your property, you can often attract higher rental returns.

Common improvements to buildings include:

  • double-glazing windows and insulating walls
  • reducing draughts by sealing doors, windows and installing automatic doors
  • switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and using timers on lighting

Upgrading equipment and vehicles to more energy-efficient options

Your business can often make considerable savings by switching to more energy-efficient vehicles, and/or upgrading old equipment.

Being a proactive tenant

Commercial building tenants control about 50% of the energy use in their buildings. To help reduce your energy use as a tenant, and to take greater control over your company’s energy use, check out the NABERS Office Tenancies information.

There is also energy efficiency information for office tenants and case studies, Energy Exchange website.