How Do I Save Money On Care and Nursing Home Energy?
Improve Energy Efficiency
The first step to decreasing energy costs is implementing some simple energy efficiency measures. This, combined with an appropriate energy contract, can help lower care home energy bills substantially.
Here are some key areas that can be targeted to boost the energy efficiency of care homes and nursing homes.
Heating costs usually make up a large part of a nursing home's energy bills. This is because the ideal temperature of the building will be higher than regular households, as elderly people are much more sensitive to the cold.
Although care homes and nursing homes will inevitably need to use their heating more, there are ways to heat the building efficiently so that the bills are kept as low as possible.
One way of doing this is to use central heating rather than electric heaters. A modern central heating system will be far more efficient and affordable, as electric heaters can be very expensive to run.
Also, reducing the thermostat temperature to the lowest comfortable setting will help to save energy over time. As well as that, ensuring the heating appliances are effectively maintained can help with energy efficiency.
Scheduling an annual heating system and boiler service for the facility will reduce the need for disruptive and potentially expensive repairs too.
Insulation is an important part of maintaining the temperature inside care homes. To retain heat in the building, consider investing in cavity, wall, floor and/or roof insulation. This will decrease how much you rely on the heating, lowering your energy bill.
Investing in double glazing is also a great way of keeping the heat in and maintaining the correct temperature. It's also recommended that you keep windows and doors closed as much as possible to stop warm air from escaping and cold air from getting in.
Lastly, make sure that any current insulation that's installed is maintained regularly and professionally.
Investing in LED lightbulbs is another great way of improving the energy efficiency of your care home and decreasing your overheads.
LEDs, or Light-Emitting Diodes, use up to 90% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs. They also last longer so you won't need to spend money constantly replacing them. Once you've installed LED lighting, switching your business electricity tariff will help you reduce energy waste even more.
You could also decrease your electricity bills by installing motion sensors in your facility. Elderly residents often forget to turn the lights off when they leave a room, but motion sensors solve this problem by detecting when the room is empty and automatically switching the lights off.
The lights will also turn on automatically when a patient enters the room, making it easier for them to move around.
Reduce your electricity bills even more by equipping your nursing home with energy-efficient appliances. Choose products that have higher energy label ratings as these will lower your costs the most.
Roughly 12% of a nursing home's energy consumption is from heating water. To lower your water bills, invest in efficient tap aerators and showerheads to reduce water usage. You should also make sure that any dripping or leaking taps are repaired as quickly as possible.
It may not seem like much, but dripping taps can cause significant water waste every year. Also, if it's physically possible, encouraging patients to take showers rather than baths will help to save water. We recommend that you also insulate the hot water tank and the pipes to retain the hot water for longer.
Lastly, an efficient and modern boiler can help lower your water costs. Likewise, changing to a combi-boiler means that you'll have hot water on demand, instead of it needing to be stored.
Switch Energy Suppliers
A great value for money business energy contract is another good way of reducing the energy bills in your care home. Lots of nursing and care homes are overpaying exponentially for their energy usage. If you're paying excessive rates you could be in this group of business customers.
If you haven't switched your business gas and electricity supplier recently, you could be missing out on some great savings.
Here at Business Energy UK, we'll help you find the perfect energy tariff for your care home facility. We'll offer you advice and assist you in comparing the best energy deals available so you can choose the most suitable tariff for your facilities needs.
As we mentioned earlier, the savings you make from switching energy companies could go towards improving your facilities for your residents. State-of-the-art equipment, more carers, and more services to name a few.
Compare Energy Deals With Business Energy UK
Comparing energy suppliers with Business Energy UK is a quick and convenient way of saving on your facilities energy costs. Take advantage of our free comparison service today and see how much we can help your facility save!
It's incredibly easy to use, all you need is some basic information about your facility and details about its typical energy usage which you'll find on your most recent energy bill.
We'll compare prices from all the big business energy companies, called the Big Six, and a broad range of smaller, independent energy brands. We'll customise the search results to suit your facility's needs, so you're only offered relevant contracts.
Rest assured, our service is completely impartial, so you'll only be offered the tariffs that give you the very best value for money.