Businesses in the dark on electricity usage
According to the latest figures from British Gas, businesses are spending up to £1 in every £2 of their electricity bills on powering their business when staff have left for the day.
Data from over 6,000 smart meter readings show that 46% of business electricity use happens outside of the traditional business hours of 8am-6pm.
Common examples of unnecessary electricity that businesses aren’t aware they even use include lighting car parks at the weekend when no one is at work, pubs keeping fruit machines switched on 24 hours a day every day of the year, retail units in shopping centres keeping display lights on when the centre is closed; and vending machines left switched on in offices overnight and at weekends.
The first step for businesses to cut their energy use is to understand when and why they use electricity. Simply switching off car parking lights at the weekend when they aren’t needed could save a British Gas customer £1,200 on their annual electricity bill.
To help put businesses in control of their energy use and therefore costs, British Gas has launched an industry first service – Business Energy Insight to show businesses how, when and where they are using electricity and proactively help them to save money through energy efficiency measures.
The Business Energy Insight service has been created in response to findings from customer feedback, including from the British Gas 1,000 strong business customer panel. The panel has called on the company to provide accurate bills and help businesses bring down their energy costs.
Included in the scheme is 24 hour access to an online dashboard showing hourly, daily, weekly and monthly electricity usage that can be used to identify up to 10% savings through behavioural changes. With simple efficiency measures – such as investing in timers the savings will be even more.
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