Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Going net zero is as much about improving energy efficiency as it is about generating your own energy. By making a few simple changes such as fitting LED lighting and improving insulation, you could reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills.

In this part of the website, we suggest ways you could make your workplace more energy efficient. For energy saving advice for your home and for help and advice staying safe and warm this winter, please visit our Extra Care page.

The first step to take to reduce your energy bills is to get to know your energy use. Once you understand this, you can start to reduce the amount of energy you use and make your workplace as energy efficient as possible, making it easier to go further on your net zero journey.

Monitoring and understanding energy use may be as simple as looking at the annual energy usage on your bill or installing a smart meter. You could also take steps to implement additional measurement techniques such as advanced metering to understand more about the specific energy consumption of your workplace. Once you understand your energy use, you can start to manage it.

You can also enlist the help of your employees. An effective employee engagement campaign and training, such as carbon literacy, could change the behaviour of your workforce and further help reduce your energy costs.

Almost £5 billion of funding is available to help UK businesses become greener as part of the government’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Find out more about current funding schemes.


Find out more in our factsheet on energy management and energy efficiency.

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Ways to be energy efficient

Appliances and equipment

By managing your appliances carefully you could significantly reduce your energy bills.

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You could cut your lighting bill and energy use by changing which bulbs you use and how you use them.

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Heating, ventilation and cooling

One of the best ways to reduce energy demand is by making improvements to the fabric of your workplace building.

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Next steps on your energy efficiency journey

Here's where to go for more advice on making your business more energy efficient.