Energy prices are known to fluctuate, particularly during the Winter mainly due to the increase in energy usage, because of the colder weather, homes and businesses are using heaters and more lighting. Recent news indicates that price rises are on the horizon, affecting not just households but businesses too. However, this does not mean your energy prices will be rising to extreme levels as they may have done in the past few years. The October price cap currently stands at £1,923, marking the first time it has fallen below the £2,000 mark since the previous summer.
Take a look at our DBS blog that discusses the upcoming 2023 Winter energy prices and covers this topic in more detail. You can read it here.
Why Salons Should Consider Energy Efficiency
Salons are energy-intensive businesses. The energy usage can be significant from hairdryers and straighteners to lighting and air conditioning. Adopting energy-efficient practices can result in long-term financial benefits, reducing operational costs substantially. Moreover, it's a step towards environmental stewardship and social responsibility, something that customers increasingly value.
Quick and Easy Changes
Switch Off Equipment When Not in Use
Leaving equipment on standby mode can consume a surprising amount of energy. Make it a habit to switch off all devices when they are not in use. You can even put up reminder notes or set alarms to ensure that everything is turned off at the end of the day.
Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs can make a significant difference in your energy consumption. Though they may cost more upfront, the long-term savings on your energy bills will make it worthwhile.
Install Motion Sensors for Lighting
Motion sensors can be particularly useful in areas that are not frequently used, like restrooms or storage rooms. The lights will only turn on when someone enters the room, conserving energy.
Use Smart Power Strips
Smart power strips can detect when a device is not in use and cut off power, preventing phantom energy consumption. They are especially useful for salons with multiple devices plugged in simultaneously.
Regular Maintenance of Heating and Cooling Systems
A poorly maintained HVAC system can be incredibly inefficient. Regular maintenance checks can ensure that your heating and cooling systems are running optimally, saving you money in the long run.
Use Natural Light Whenever Possible
Natural light not only creates a pleasant atmosphere but also reduces the need for artificial lighting. Consider redesigning your space to allow more natural light in, perhaps through larger windows or skylights, without compromising on privacy or aesthetics.
Consider Switching Energy Suppliers
It's worth taking the time to compare energy tariffs from different suppliers. Switching to a more cost-effective supplier can result in substantial savings and may also allow you to opt for greener energy sources.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
Though the upfront cost may be high, investing in energy-efficient salon equipment can result in long-term savings. Look for appliances with energy-saving features and good energy ratings.
Energy efficiency in salons is not just a trend; it's a necessity. From quick and easy changes like switching off unused equipment to long-term investments like upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, there are multiple ways to reduce your salon's energy consumption. Take the first step today towards making your salon more energy-efficient and sustainable.