Ways to save your business money with technology
With UK inflation rising at its fastest rate in 30 years, we’re all feeling the pinch. As businesses face higher bills and supply costs, we know how important it is to make savings where you can without comprising on deliverability. Here we’ve put together some helpful tips that can save you money with technology.
1. Automate and unplug
Energy saving mode is built into nearly all Internet-enabled devices, not just your PC. From smart lighting to connected coffee makers, your office is probably home to an array of IoT devices, each an opportunity for cost savings.
Smart lighting systems alone can reduce energy consumption significantly in office buildings and industrial estates. Break room appliances can be set to operate on low power mode after a set period of time. Even “dumb” appliances like old vending machines or toasters can be automated using smart plugs. Some machines – aptly coined vampire appliances – still consume power when switched off. If no one’s using a machine or if you see a charger plugged in with no phone in sight, simply unplugging it altogether can save you a little money.
You also won’t just be saving money, you’ll be helping to save the environment. If no one’s using a machine or if you see a charger plugged in with no phone in sight, simply unplugging it altogether can save you a little money. If you find your business struggling with energy bills, get in touch with the team at Delta to see where we can help.
2. Switch off PCs
At the office, computers left on standby mode are some of the largest wasters of energy. Employees rarely switch computers off – more than half never do. It’s a habit partly borne out of efficiency. Logging back onto VPNs, generating access tokens, and booting up work apps takes time. It’s much more convenient to simply leave the machines running and ready to pick up where you left off.
But amidst a recession and an energy crisis that’s only expected to get worse, it’s a habit that’s no longer tenable. A single idling desktop can cost businesses £10 annually. For businesses with scores of workers, that’s easily hundreds to be made in cost savings just by turning off the machines at the end of the day.
3. Assess your broadband
As prevalent as the Internet is in today’s modern society, there are still those people who sometimes struggle with speeds. Major plans and movements toward a faster connection for everybody are always in place, but businesses could be missing out in the meantime.
On average, an office worker will visit more than 100 online pages each day. If you were to upgrade to a broadband connection offering a faster speed of 4 seconds per page, each worker would save around 10 minutes a day.
This may not sound too significant on the surface, but it’s almost an hour a week. That time can be geared towards more pressing matters for the company, including money-making activities. What’s more, the more staff, the more time, and in turn money, you can save and make.
4. Save money on your telecoms
Despite prices rising across the board, you may still be able to lower your telecom bills by switching suppliers or by speaking to your current suppliers about alternative deals. Despite prices rising across the board, you may still be able to lower your telecom bills by switching suppliers or by speaking to your current suppliers about alternative deals. As an independent provider, Delta 365 work with all the major telecom networks and suppliers. Not only can we cover all of your telecom needs, but we can also get you a great deal while doing so.
5. Consider switching to VoIP
Switching to VoIP is the future as ISDN-based services are aiming to be stopped by 2025, so in order to save money now, make the switch. VoIP will benefit by lowering call costs and allows you to freely change the number of lines required which is good for growing businesses, as well as if you are downsizing. If it has been some time since you reviewed your telecom costs, Delta 365 can help. We can carry out a review and advise if you are paying more than you need, especially if you have had dramatic changes in staffing numbers.
Sky high energy bills are the last thing any business needs after the past two years, but there are ways to ease the impact. If you’re after better deals on your business communications, please get in touch to find out how we can help out costs.