With temperatures dropping, winter is well on its way. For businesses that use heating oil to heat their commercial properties, it’s important that you’re well prepared for the cold season ahead. The running and operating costs of any commercial property can be expensive so ensuring your properties are ready for winter will have direct impact on the bottom line.
With two-thirds of the UK’s annual consumption of heating oil occurring between October and March, there are lots businesses can do to ensure that they use their heating oil effectively and efficiently. This will not only improve sustainability and your carbon footprint, but will also save money in the long run.
With small considerations and changes that won’t cost you anything, you can start saving money on your business’s energy bills this winter. WP Group have compiled their top tips for businesses before they switch on their oil-fired heating system.
- Prepare your kerosene storage tank
Take advantage of the milder autumn months and undergo maintenance checks on your kerosene storage tank. It’s a perfect time to ensure your tank does not have any rust or damage as well as ensuring gauges, pipes and fittings are still in a good condition.
With these storage tank checks, it is also important to keep an active eye on your heating oil levels. Running out of fuel can be detrimental to the day-to-day running of your business and emergency kerosene deliveries can be pricey.
The most effective way to maintain a healthy quantity and quality of heating oil is by installing a fuel monitoring system. With increased use of heating oil during the winter months, extra attention on your energy usage and outgoing is required, however this takes time and resource to manage effectively. Fuel monitoring systems like the Watchman Pro enables easily accessible analytics, automated ordering and can highlight energy efficiency opportunities within your business. When used effectively, these systems can reduce resource on energy management, improve reliability and procurement and reduce carbon emissions.
- Get the best deal on your heating oil order
We all know that the oil market fluctuates regularly, and that kerosene prices tend to mirror the crude oil market, however, the prices do generally go up during the winter. Bulk buying your heating oil for the winter, as early as possible, will ensure you get the best price and miss the peak season rush. Taking the time now to think about your heating oil requirements over winter will ensure your business and property runs smoothly during any cold snap.
It is also worth discussing your payment options and pricing with your commercial heating oil supplier. Many will offer competitive and flexible payment options to suit your business needs. From pricing options to bespoke offers within an allocated budget, there are many available options out there for businesses to explore with their kerosene supplier.
- Watch the thermostat
Did you know that heating costs increase by around 8% for every 1°C increase? Meaning that turning down the thermostat by 2°C could see a £140 saving for every £1,000 spent on heating costs. It may take a little trial and error but experimenting with the thermostat could see significant savings on your energy usage.
18°C is a good starting point to trial how your property and staff perform; this should be an appropriate temperature for most people. However, if it still feels too cold bring the temperature up in stages, starting at a comfortable temperature and going up one degree each week to give your staff and customers time to adjust. Even small changes to the thermostat can result in savings.
In addition, if your heating system has a timer function, this will also provide opportunity to improve the efficiency of your heating use. Setting it so that it kicks in 20 minutes before your business opening hours, and 15 minutes before the end of the day could see a reduction in how much heating oil you consume.
- Don’t heat what you don’t use
This may seem obvious but it is an easy oversight. Only heat the rooms and areas of your commercial property which are in use every day. Stationery cupboards, meeting rooms or other rooms which have low usage should have their heating turned down or off until they are in use. You can also keep temperatures low in hallways and corridors as they are never used for more than a couple minutes at a time.
- Small changes around your commercial property
Making small changes to reduce opportunities for heat loss can result in improved energy efficiency. Checking windows, doors and duct systems for any leaks or draughts as well as ensuring all doors are closed where possible will prevent heat escaping. Ensure your property is properly insulated and consider upgrading to double-glazed windows; you will be surprised by how much heat can escape from your property due to poor insulation.
Taking the time to assess your business’s heating oil requirements during the winter season will not only ensure you aren’t left needing emergency services from your kerosene supplier, but can also reduce your property’s heating oil consumption. This can save your business time, money and reduce its carbon footprint.
To speak to a member of our team about your commercial heating oil needs, contact us on 0800 980 6172 or email us at .