For many small businesses, finding savings, no matter how small, is very important for the bottom line. If you have business premises then costs can spiral, particularly in a cold climate like Scotland where for at least 6 months of the year heating and lighting energy consumption is high. Reducing energy costs can be a good way to save money. Apparently businesses could reduce energy costs by up to 20% just by making simple changes. And if this wasn’t a good enough incentive, the government’s website suggests you may get reliefs or be exempt from some taxes, e.g. if:

·        you use a lot of energy because of the nature of your business

·        you’re a small business that doesn’t use much energy

·        you buy energy-efficient technology for your business

Here are some ways to reduce your business and home energy costs:

1)  Install LED lighting

Lighting accounts for 20% of all energy consumption in the UK. LED lights consume less than 80 per cent of the electricity of traditional incandescent bulbs. Although they do cost more to buy than traditional light bulbs they last longer and cost less to run. So if businesses were to