Heating is a major business cost, so what are the best ways to reduce your bill?
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Every business owner knows that if they want to remain profitable they need to keep control of their overheads. There is no point in increasing your turnover if you then fritter all of the profit that you make by paying out more than you need to on heating bills.
The first step is quantifying how much you are already using and spending. Doing this will allow you to establish a baseline. You can also use this data to work out how much you are spending on heating, or cooling, at different times of the year. If you are a shopkeeper, you could potentially use this information combined with other statistics like your takings to work out if it really is worth staying open late each evening.
Shop around for the best deals
Regardless of the type of power or fuel, you use to heat your premises it makes sense to shop around for the best deals. Most of the electric and gas price comparison websites have search engines that will find the best deal for a commercial enterprise as well as for homeowners.
If you use wood or heating oil you can still shop around for the best deals, but you will usually have to make some phone calls or fill out some online quote forms. Many home heating oil firms also sell to businesses. The fact that you are likely to be a big customer means that you can often negotiate a good deal. This is also the case for those firms that sell other forms of fuel.
Service your boiler and radiators regularly
It is very important to have your boiler serviced, every year. Doing so keeps it working properly. This ensures that the amount of fuel it burns is kept to a minimum. Servicing your boiler will also help to keep your staff safe, and ensure that you comply with the terms of your business insurance. It does not happen often, but boilers that have not been taken care of have been known to explode and cause substantial damage.
You should also have your radiators checked over each year. You want to make sure that there is no air trapped in the system, and keep the pipes lagged so that the heat does not leak away on the way to the radiators.
Keep the heat in
Once you have secured the best price and have your boiler and radiators’ working properly, the next step is to make sure that all of the heat that is generated stays in the building. That means upgrading your insulation and making sure that doors close behind staff as they come and go.
Use smart technology to reduce waste
Often it is also worth investing in smart technology to reduce waste. A smart thermostat can be controlled from anywhere. It will also provide you with in-depth details of when the system was on, and how warm each area of your business was.
You can find out more about smart heating systems that have been designed for use in business premises, by clicking this link.