Turn heating down to save big, firms advised
Environmental update 26/10/2011
According to new guidance, businesses could be making
significant savings by turning down heating by just one degree.
The Carbon Trust advised firms across the UK that making the
small adjustment could see unnecessary energy bills slashed by £35
million a year.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, more
than £450 million a year is currently spent on heating workplaces
across the UK. As a result of this huge outlay, the Carbon Trust
has released two guides aimed at helping organisations cut their
ever-rising winter heating bills.
Measures such as replacing old equipment, lowering thermostats
by a marginal amount and resetting timers could enable firms to
shave up to 30 per cent off their bills.
Director of Carbon Trust Programmes, Richard Rugg, said, “Many
companies are in for an energy cost shock in the coming weeks as
the temperature drops and heating bills rise.
“Insulate yourself against rising costs by making sure your
system is serviced and the controls are set correctly this autumn,”
added Mr Rugg.
Other tips contained within the guides included regular
maintenance of ventilation, air conditioning and boiler systems in
order to ensure they are working to their full capacity. Training
employees on how to operate temperature controls and thermostats in
the workplace was also recommended by The Carbon Trust.
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