The UK’s healthcare sector spends more than £400 million per year on energy. And according the Carbon Trust, energy bills could double for care homes over the next 10 years.
Keeping your property at the right temperature for residents, sustained use of medical equipment, and inefficient buildings, can add up to an expensive bill.
Taking care of your guests will always be your main priority. So how can you make savings quickly and easily when resources are stretched?
Bristol Energy is a national gas and electricity supplier and has some top tips for cutting costs in your care home.
Heating: it’s a major culprit, responsible for 70% of the cost of energy bills.* Turning your thermostat down by just one degree saves around £90 a year in a three bedroom house (Energy Saving Trust). Imagine the savings it could make in your care home. Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) fitted to your radiators will keep a steady heat in each room.
Check your care home energy bills: Businesses that don’t shop around could be spending around £500 too much on their energy bills*. This often happens if your energy falls over your contract length, and you slip on to a more expensive tariff. So check your bill, and always shop around.
Invest in solar panels: Care homes need lots of hot water and electricity during the day, which is exactly when solar panels are at their most effective. Care homes and sheltered accommodation also tend to have a lot of unused roof space, also perfect for solar panels.
LED lightbulbs: sounds simple, but changing 30 lightbulbs could cut more than £200 off your bill. Imagine the savings across your care home. How about installing motion sensors too? If a room is left unoccupied for a period of time, then the lights will turn off automatically.
*Source: Energy Helpline