Cutting your business costs this year has probably become more important than ever. You could save money on your bills by making small changes around your business. But you could save even more through smart tech and, at the same time, reduce your business carbon footprint.
Our small business experts have come up with these top five ideas to help you keep an eye on your energy use and reduce your bills.
1. Smart meter (no extra cost!)
With a smart meter you’ll be able to keep track of the energy your business uses and how much it costs, helping you make changes to improve your energy efficiency. Your smart meter will also send meter readings automatically(1) so you can focus on the important things, like running a business!
2. Amazon Echo Show 5 £79.99
This smart digital assistant can set up meetings and reminders, order office supplies and help you keep tabs on your energy use and bills. Your new assistant will also connect to all your other smart devices, so you can control them all with just your voice! If you’re looking for ways to become more efficient with your time too, virtual assistants are the way forward.
3. Nest Learning Thermostat 3 £219
This thermostat makes managing your workplace heating much simpler and gives you greater control when keeping your premises at the right temperature. The Nest Learning Thermostat 3 also programmes itself to automatically reduce the temperature when a room is empty and learns heating patterns to reduce energy use – saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. The latest generation also comes with hot water control and a bigger, clearer display. In addition, you’ll be able to control your business heating from anywhere using your phone.
4. Phillips Hue LED lightbulbs £24.99
Never flick a light switch again! Your phone can also be used to control these smart LED bulbs via the Hue app, allowing you to turn lights on and off as well as change their intensity from bright daylight to low-level lighting. This makes it easier to monitor the lights you’re using and only put them on when they’re needed. You’ll also be able to use voice commands to operate them via a smart assistant such as the Amazon Echo Show 5.
5. Smart plugs from £13.99
Never worry about leaving devices like laptops and printers on using excess electricity, or scrambling around underneath your desk to find hard to reach plug sockets. With smart plugs you can switch appliances on and off remotely via an app or through voice commands using your smart assistant. You can even set schedules and timers to turn appliances on and off at specific times as and when you want.
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