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Are you throwing money away?

Running a business is harder than ever right now, what with coming out of the pandemic, supply issues and now the seemingly daily rise in energy prices, so, while not strictly a ‘health and safety’ topic, we thought we’d offer a bit of friendly advice on how to save some money where you can, with the added benefit of helping to save the planet too!

It’s easy to be throwing money away without even realising it, just take a look around your office…

  • Do you have the heating or air conditioning on and the windows open? 
  • Have you got an employee insisting it’s cold and wanting the heating turned up, yet they’re just wearing a sleeveless top?
  • See that dripping tap? 
  • The Boardroom – empty but the lights left on?

That is your hard-earned money going out the window.

How many of us were brought up being asked by our parents ‘were you born in a barn?!” Sadly, a phrase that is dying out now, not because our habits have improved, but because many of the current Gen Z generation have no idea what it means! 

There are many ways to stop throwing away money without any extra work so why not give it a try! 

  • Firstly – check your business energy tariff – are you on the right one? It might be worth speaking to your energy supplier for a review and for useful cost saving tips.
  • Then look at your lighting – are you still using fluorescent tubes? You don’t have to set out and spend to replace them all, just introduce a policy where when one expires, it gets replaced with an LED.
  • Set your boiler at a reasonable setting and restrict access so that it cannot be turned up to suit an individual!
  • Place a cup under the dripping tap and calculate the loss rate – time how long it takes to fill a known measurement, then calculate the rate per day and cost… then times it by a year! Get it repaired – I know the cost of a new washer to repair the leak will be less than the amount you are losing.
  • Room check – place a notice by the door of an unused office stating – ‘turn light off when leaving the room’ (you can get some little stickers for all light switches as a handy reminder for this). 
  • Check outside – do you have external lighting? How many are burning electricity today? Check the PIR settings or set up a schedule to turn these off during daylight hours – allocate the responsibility to employees in the area so it’s not just one person who has to do this.
  • Office items on standby – these are not only a fire risk, but they are still consuming energy. Create an office close down procedure – a simple checklist of things that must be turned off at the end of each day. Older equipment will use more electricity as we now have 1 watt legislation for new equipment.

Is your PAT Testing up to date? This is not only important from a safety point of view, but will also mean that your insurance premiums will be lower. With prices starting at only 75p per item, why not speak to SK Compliance (inc. Pat Test UK) today? Call 01427 420 404 or email compliance@skaltd.co.uk

  • Do you leave your vending machines turned on at a weekend? Why? More waste!
  • Check out the energy saving devices that are proven to help:
    • Radiator reflectors
    • Smart meters
    • Smart plug
    • Smart thermostats
    • Radiator boosters and radiator reflectors
    • Automatic radiator bleeders
    • Energy-saving letterbox covers
    • LEDs, or energy-saving light bulbs
    • Eco shower heads
    • Smart meters

These are just an example of the things you can address to save you money and help with your carbon footprint. 

I won’t even begin to talk about my favourite topic – compressed air leaks, but basically the cost of compressed air is 5-10 times more expensive than electricity, so if you hear a leak, FIX IT! A 3mm hole in a compressed air system can cost an additional £100 a year in electricity costs. 

Depending on the size of your organisation you can elect an Energy Ambassador – if you have various floors to your building nominate one for each floor.

You’ll be amazed at the savings you can make just adopting some good practices.

And remember you can also apply these good practices to your home and get the best of both worlds! 

Useful resources can be found at:
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/information-consumers/energy-advice-businesses/find-business-energy-efficiency-grants-and-schemes
https://www.carbontrust.com/

Our advisors are always on hand to support you, whatever the situation – call 01427 420 402 or email healthandsafety@skaltd.co.uk and #oneoftheteam will be happy to help.

Article by Julie Smith, Health & Safety Advisor