Winter can pose a range of challenges for business in the UK, especially during a time when energy prices are riding high. If you’d like to minimise your expenses, and minimise disruption to your business, then it’s well worth taking a few steps to stave off the worst effects of the cold weather.
But what might those steps be? Let’s take a look at a few of them.
The better insulated your premises, the less money that you’re going to be spending on heating. Reviewing your insulation and investing in improvements where it’s going to yeild a commesurate benefit is therefore more than worthwhile. In many cases, you only need to spend a small amount to enjoy a significant gain. For example, foam-based compression strips can help to exclude draughts from around an older-style door.
Some businesses might benefit from government-run schemes, which might make these more affordable.
Installing more efficient boilers and electric heaters will allow you to drive down your costs, while allowing your workers to enjoy a more comfortable working environment. This will help you to live up to your duty of care, and will yield a productivity boost – as workers who are comfortable tend to also be more productive.
In extreme weather conditions, you might find that you suffer from power outages. Moreover, there’s always the possibility that the UK might be affected by blackouts. One of the ways to deal with this is to install uninterruptable power supplies, or to install backup generators to keep the lights on even when the energy supply is disrupted.
When water approaches freezing point, it will naturally expand. This is the phenomenon which allows ice to float on water, rather than sinking. But when water is trapped in pipework, this is a problem: it’ll cause the pipes to burst. You can get around this by covering your pipework in lagging, especially in places where the pipes run outside of the building.
During winter, water stands a strong chance of pooling on flat roofs. This added weight causes the roof to sag, which leads to more water pooling. Eventually, the result of this process is a leak. It’s therefore a good idea to proactively check the roof and conduct any necessary repairs before they have a chance to inflict knock-on damage.
Working from Home
When the weather is really bad, workers might not be able to come in at all. If they have the ability to work from home, then this need not lead to a loss in productivity – or, if it does, it’ll be a less pronounced loss. If you’re already familiar with working from home practices, then you’ll be able to implement them at short notice – which means no more days off for snow!