It’s safe to say that water shortages aren’t an everyday concern for UK businesses. Nevertheless, taking measures to save water can save your business money, and help reduce your carbon footprint in the process.
Why save water?
- Government is investing over £8 billion in the water industry throughout 2018, which means that the additional spend is transferred to customers. The average water bill in will likely rise by 2% for the 2018/2019 year.
- The process of purifying and heating water is an energy-intensive process which puts a strain on energy resources.
- Using water efficiently reduces dependence on water sources such as river and aquifers.
- Saving water reduces the need to create new infrastructure to manage increased water demand.
- Your business may be eligible for tax savings if you can show that you are using strategies and technologies to encourage sustainable water use.
- Showing the public that you are taking steps to save water generates positive PR.
How to reduce your business water rates
The best way to reduce your business water costs is to implement a number of measures consistently across the business:
- Remind and educate your employees about the importance of saving water.
- Check for any leakages, drips and other ways water may be going to waste in your building.
- Insulate your pipes to prevent water from freezing and your pipes from bursting.
- Keep track of your monthly water bill so that you are aware of any spikes in consumption.
- Install water-efficient equipment, such as efficient flush toilets and showers, and automatic or sensor taps.
- Implement water-recycling infrastructure so that you can make use of greywater or rainwater.
- Shop around and save on your business water – now that the water market is deregulated, your business stands to save up to 20% by comparing quotes and finding the water rates best-suited to your needs.
- Use a utilities broker to advise you on short-term and long-term water savings and efficiencies.
How to start saving water
Have a professional service provider conduct a water audit to examine your business’ water use and come up with ideas and identify opportunities to save water. Ideally, this audit should be conducted by a broker that will also be able to assist you with switching water suppliers and finding a contract suited to your business’ needs.
The water services experts at Smarter Business know will do the legwork for you, letting your business take advantage of the savings. They will take care of quote comparison and switching process, allowing you to get on with what you do best – running your business.
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