Following a tough economic year, why not take a few steps to cut costs this year? Whether you’re a WAHM (that’s work at home mom), growing your business from home or directing a multi-million pound enterprise we all need to save money. Going green could save your business a lot of money throughout the cold spell, so it’s worth making a few basic changes to your working environment.

Make use of timers

While we’re on the subject of heating, don’t forget to turn everything off when you leave the premises. There’s no point in heating an entire building if people have gone home for the night, so make the most of electronic programmers and timers. If your office is open from nine-five, for example, set your heating to come on from 8am until around 7pm. This will ensure that even the early risers and late finishers stay warm, but it won’t leave you with unmanageable bills.

Have your boiler checked

A faulty boiler is not only dangerous, but it could be sending your heating bills through the roof. To make sure things are working as economically as possible, it’s a good idea to have it checked before the dark months set in. A Gas Safe Register approved professional will ensure all settings are working properly and make repairs when needed. If you’re worried about the cost of a service, check your insurance documents as some boiler cover policies include an annual gas safety check.

Turn all electrical goods off

Believe it or not, a single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day could cost more than £50 a year in electricity. Switching all electrical items off when they are not in use could reduce this figure significantly, so communicate this message to all your staff. As leaving equipment on standby also burns electricity, you must also try to turn everything off at the wall. Worried you’ll forget? Then plug numerous products into a multi-socket extension plug, as then you’ll just have to flick the one switch.

Reduce the amount of paper you use

According to Paper Life Cycle, paper products are filling up our landfill sites unnecessarily – but there are ways you can help. While it’s essential to improve the way you recycle at work, you should also cut down on the amount of paper you use to start with. Not only will this reduce your outgoings, but it will help you and your colleagues to protect the environment. One of the easiest ways to make this change is to use PowerPoint presentations instead of printing out handouts. Save the slides to a shared file and email everyone in the company the location.

Everything from arranging a gas boiler service to switching off electrical goods could save you money over this cold spell, so start preparing for the months ahead.