The global energy crisis has put a strain on domestic and commercial customers alike, resulting in an unprecedented rise in the cost of their energy bills. However, there are steps you can take to combat these rising costs and improve your business’s energy efficiency at the same time.

Read on to discover some ways to make your business more sustainable and keep your bills as low as possible this winter.


Moving towards sustainability


With increasing pressure from governments, customers and investors to reduce their environmental impact, companies around the world are taking steps to increase their energy efficiency and engage in more sustainable practices.

They are making more of an effort to reduce their energy consumption by improving their efficiency, including things like investing in renewable energy sources such as solar PV panels and solar batteries that can help them to save money on their energy costs while also reducing their emissions.

Many businesses are also implementing other measures such as installing LED lighting or using motion sensors to turn off lights when not needed.


The benefits of increasing your business’s energy efficiency


Taking measures to make your business more energy efficient has countless benefits, including:


Cost savings


One of the main benefits of energy efficiency is cost savings. By using less energy, businesses can lower their monthly utility bills and free up money for other investments or operations.

In addition, there are several government incentives such as tax credits and rebates available for businesses that invest in energy-efficient equipment or technologies.




Better environmental quality


Another benefit of energy efficiency is improved environmental quality. By using less electricity and fuel, businesses are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.

Moreover, efficient use of water helps conserve this valuable resource while also protecting aquatic ecosystems from pollution caused by runoff from industrial sites or agricultural activities.


Competitive edge


Finally, investing in energy-efficient technology can give companies an edge over competitors who are not taking advantage of these opportunities to save money and protect the environment at the same time.

Companies that make smart investments in renewable sources such as solar panels may be able to take advantage of additional government incentives as well as public recognition for being environmentally responsible organisations.



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The consequences of not improving your business’s energy efficiency


If you are not taking steps to improve your energy efficiency, this can be detrimental to both the environment and the company’s bottom line. Not only does it mean that more resources are being used than necessary, but it also results in higher costs for the business.

Another issue caused by a lack of energy efficiency is pollution. If your business is not taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint, then it will likely be emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere – something which has serious implications for our planet’s future health. In some cases, this could even result in hefty fines from environmental regulators if emissions limits are exceeded or laws are broken.

Finally, there is also the competitive disadvantage posed by not being energy efficient. Customers increasingly expect companies to take responsibility for their impact on the environment and many will actively choose one company over another based on how green they are perceived to be.

As such, businesses that do not make an effort towards sustainability risk losing out on potential sales opportunities as well as damaging their reputation amongst consumers who care about these issues.


What laws and regulations do you need to be aware of?


It’s important to be aware of any laws or regulations related to sustainability that may apply in your area – this could include anything from restrictions on water usage or air pollution limits set by local authorities through national initiatives like Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, which sets out targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of society over the next decade.


Incentives, schemes and grants that are available


The Irish government has implemented several laws and regulations to encourage businesses to become more energy efficient. These include:


New building regulations


You should also be aware of your obligations under Building Regulations Part L – Conservation of Fuel & Power. This legislation requires all new buildings or extensions to meet certain levels of energy performance before they can be occupied.

You must ensure that any building work complies with these requirements if you want to avoid potential fines or other sanctions from local authorities.


How to make your business more energy efficient


Making your business more energy efficient is an important step in reducing costs and becoming more sustainable. It can also help you meet legal requirements, reduce your carbon footprint, and increase employee morale.

Here are some tips to get started:


1. Install energy-efficient lighting and appliances


Investing in energy-efficient lighting and appliances can make a big difference when it comes to saving money on energy bills. Look for LED lights that use less electricity than traditional bulbs, as well as ENERGY STAR-certified appliances that use less water and power than their non-certified counterparts.

You should also consider installing commercial solar panels — these can drastically reduce the environmental footprint of your business as well as save you a significant amount of money every year.


2. Utilise natural light whenever possible


Taking advantage of natural light whenever possible is another great way to save on energy costs while still providing adequate illumination for employees or customers inside the building.

Consider installing skylights or large windows to let in natural light during the day instead of relying solely on artificial lighting sources like lamps or overhead lights which consume more electricity over time.


3. Insulate your building


Proper insulation helps keep heat from escaping through walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows – essentially any area where air could escape from the building’s interior environment into the outside world (or vice versa).

This will help to keep temperatures consistent without having to rely too heavily on heating/cooling systems which require a lot of energy consumption to operate effectively.

There are lots more tips on the SEAI’s website, including how to create an ‘energy action plan’ and how you can avail of financial support to conduct an ‘energy audit’ in your business.

In addition, Electric Ireland’s website offers practical advice on things like cooling water systems, compressed air systems, and high-temperature cooling.


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Tips for reducing your business’s carbon footprint


It is important to understand how business operations affect your overall carbon footprint as well as your electricity and gas bills.

Here are some practical tips to help you reduce your business’s carbon footprint:


1. Use renewable energy sources


Utilising renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable and easy to install, making them an attractive option for businesses looking to go green.


2. Implement energy-efficient practices


Making small changes around your business can have a big impact on reducing your carbon footprint over time. Simple things like turning off lights when not in use will help you save energy and money while reducing emissions from electricity production plants that generate power from fossil fuels.


3. Reduce waste


Reducing waste generated by your business operations is another important step towards sustainability and cutting down on emissions associated with manufacturing new products or disposing of old ones in landfills. Encourage employees to recycle paper products whenever possible and switch out single-use plastic items like cups and utensils for reusable options.


Alternative Energy Ireland can help you improve your business’s energy efficiency


At Alternative Energy Ireland, we take great pride in providing our domestic and commercial customers with high-quality, economical solar systems.

Our safe, reliable and affordable solar PV panels can provide your business with protection against rising energy costs, a guaranteed reduction in energy bills, and a reduction in carbon emissions.

There has never been a better time to improve the sustainability of your business and set a great example for your customers and your employees, so reach out to an experienced advisor from our team today and get started on your renewable journey!

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