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Post How to Reduce Your Business Gas Expense   Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:46 am

Businesses around the UK are attempting to cut back on unnecessary expenses, amid the recession which has seen many of them liquidate, and many employers forced to make redundancies. There is no better way of saving money for a business than by examining simple straightforward ways of making cut backs and reducing waste.

For many companies, one such waste is that of their high utility bills, which can cripple a small scale company and make the difference between making monthly profit or not. Energy prices are at an all time high, and so it has never been more important to look at ways to reduce these costs.

Gas prices in particular are costly; those who are astute will take note of these simple tips to cut down on their business gas expense:

Duel Fuel

If you get your electricity and gas from the same supplier, they may offer a discount, which will help to lower costs and keep the bills you receive fewer and simpler.

Check out offers

Keep an eye out for offers, which may include discount rates for buying online.

Insulate

It's vital to insulate your building to avoid wasting heat, and therefore money. Government grants are available to help with loft insulations and cavity wall insulations. This move can reduce gas bills by as much as 30% which makes it a certain worthwhile investment. By the same rule, investing in double glazing will insulate your business premises further.

Compare

There are many online comparison sites which allow you to examine the best and cheapest provider for your utilities. There can be a huge difference in price so take advantage of these sites to make sure you are getting value for money. Without comparing online, you are trusting blindly that you are getting a good deal, which could be far from the truth. Keep in mind when doing gas price comparison online that you should consider not only the price, but also customer service, reputation, reliability and customer satisfaction - all of which you will be able to research online. Keep in mind that there is no hassle involved in changing supplier - it can be done at the click of a button, but few people take advantage of the competitive nature of the market, with 47% of households having never switched their energy supplier.

Turn off radiators during summer months

Turn off radiators during summer months, at a centralised location within the office, to prevent wasted heat which isn't needed.

Get your boiler serviced

A regularly serviced boiler will work more efficiently, saving on your gas bills, and can also avoid costly emergency fixing of a boiler, which can run into hundreds of pounds on call out charges, plus VAT.

Draught proof your business

20% of all heat-loss is through poor ventilation and draughts. This is easily fixed by utilising foams and sealants available at most DIY stores, and you should save around £20 a year on your heating bills. This will add up over time and the draught proofing will pay for itself many times over.

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