When winter strikes it’s not just homeowners who suffer higher fuel bills. As the nights draw in and the thermometer drops now is the time to think about practical and sustainable ways businesses can reduce costs.
Swale Heating, the largest independent heating company in the South East, is at the forefront of providing energy-saving solutions for homes and businesses alike.
Matthew Edwards, Sales Director at Swale Heating, says: “We all want to cut the escalating costs of keeping the workplace warm. Planning ahead for the coldest and most unpredictable months of the year is crucial. It doesn’t need that much time – managers can take a few simple, practical steps right away and save energy as well as money.”
Businesses have a responsibility under the Workplace Regulations 1992 to ensure staff environments are kept at a ‘reasonable comfort’ when in use. The Health and Safety Executive recommends 16 degrees Celsius for offices and 13 degrees Celsius in environments that involve severe physical effort. However, these are only guidelines as temperatures will be affected by other aspects such as humidity and air circulation.
Matthew’s top tips for cutting workplace energy bills are:
1. Try turning down your central heating thermostat by one degree. For an average home, this saves about £55 a year, so workplaces could save much more.
2. If you have a programmer, set it so that the heating only comes on when needed. Switching off your boiler when no one is in the office is a great way of saving energy and money.
3. You can reduce the energy your boiler consumes by up to 40% with efficient room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves.
4. Replacing a 10-year-old boiler with an efficient A-rated new one could reduce your energy consumption by up to a third.
5. Use draught excluders around doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes but don’t block any air vents which ensure that the central heating boiler operates safely.
6. Lower the hot water temperature. Your thermostat needn’t be higher than 60 degrees centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Any higher and you will only be mixing it with cold water to cool it back down for use.
7. Ensure the office is well insulated, including the hot water tank, as this will save cash.
8. If you are renting offices and business premises, check that your landlord is also following good energy-saving techniques to lower the bills you have to pay.
9. Make sure the boiler is serviced regularly. Breakdowns are much less likely and you can ensure it’s safer and more efficient, thus reducing your energy bills.
If you want to look at more environmentally-friendly ways of heating your workplace, Swale Heating can advise on a range of products which reduce the use of fossil fuels as well as suggesting renewable and sustainable energy measures you can put in place. For more energy-saving ideas, visit www.swaleheating.com
Swale Heating provides a quality service to domestic heating customers in more than 125,000 homes, as well as over 36 housing associations and local authorities, across London and the South East, the Midlands and East Anglia.