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British Gas Business SME Winter Tips

Check your boiler: Winter weather can lead to sudden problems. Make sure your boiler is working properly before the real colder weather sets in. The older your boiler, the more inefficient it is likely to be. If you have a pressure gauge, make sure the boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.

Check your radiators: By bleeding radiators at your workplace, you’ll get rid of cold spots at the top of radiators where air has got into the system. It’s easy to do:

  • Turn the central heating system off. When cool turn the radiator key until the air stops and water runs consistently. Turn on the system to check if the problem’s resolved.
  • Bleeding your radiator may result in pressure dropping within your central heating system. If you have a pressure gauge, check it’s at the right pressure.
  • Cold spots in the bottom or centre of your radiator can be a sign of sludge build-up. If this is the case, you may need to get your system flushed.

Stay safe: Get an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted if you have gas appliances or a boiler next to working areas or resting space. Or be sure to check your existing one.

Get energy smart: A smart meter tracks how much energy you’re using in near real time via your supplier. It means no more estimated bills and you don’t need to give a meter reading. If you use our free online tool, Business Energy Insight, you can also see how much energy you use each hour, week, month and year as well as email alerts.

Take control: You don’t have to physically be in your workplace to make changes. Use your smartphone, tablet or laptop to log-in to Hive Active Heating™. This clever wireless thermostat helps you keep an eye on the sockets, lights and even hot water in your office. Hive can also alert you to security risks. Any business can use it, not just our business customers.

Light savings: Less daylight in winter means a heavier reliance on artificial lighting. Actively try to keep costs down by encouraging staff to turn lights off when they leave a room or to not leave computers on standby, for example. Fitting timed switches or sensors can also help. Switching off computers over a weekend can help reduce energy use by 75%.[1]

Optimum temperature: Turning down the thermostat setting by 1 or 2°C can reduce your heating bills by up to 8%.[2] Use a ‘temperature set back facility’ to reduce the building temperature when empty. It’ll also mean your building cools down an hour or so before staff leave and heats up just before they arrive in the morning. Thermostats should ideally be set at 19-20°C, so make sure to check it regularly.[3]

Ditch the draught: Closing the windows and shutting the doors can make savings. Be careful not to block any gas appliance ventilation grills though. Seal windows properly so no warm air can escape and pick up some draught excluders from your local D.I.Y shop to help fill any gaps. Keep external doors closed, except when necessary to stay safe, and think about fitting automatic closures to keep cold air locked out.

[1] Better business guide to energy saving’, The Carbon Trust

[2] ‘Better business guide to energy saving’, The Carbon Trust

[3] ‘Better business guide to energy saving’, The Carbon Trust

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