In order to save energy, consider implementing one or more of the following tips to reduce your salon bills and save money.
1. Upgrade your lighting
About 40% of hair salons’ energy usage comes from the constant use of lighting. One great way to save energy is to get rid of any halogen bulbs you are using. Instead, opt for LED bulbs which are extremely eco-friendly and also work great as mood lighting.
T8 fluorescent tubes are another form of lighting that ideally should be recycled and replaced. You could opt for LED bulbs or T5s, which are also much more energy efficient.
Many salons have illuminated window displays. While this serves a purpose as advertising and maintaining your brand aesthetic, it has downsides regarding energy consumption.
This can hit small businesses particularly hard. Consider if you really need lighting in your windows when your hair salon is closed for business.
2. Turn off equipment
Make sure that all of your salon electrics are turned off at the end of the day and when not in active use. Placing them on standby shouldn’t be a consideration unless you really need to. This is because they can consume almost 75% of the energy they do when they are being used, so standby can be very expensive.
3. Heating and air conditioning
Often, people overlook the fact that both the heating and hot water used in a business will also allow the electricity total to creep up fast. In fact, around two-thirds of your energy costs will likely be down to these two factors.
Even a slight adjustment to your thermostat can make a big difference. By turning your thermostat down by just 1°C, you should quickly see a noticeable difference in your energy bills. This temperature change is unlikely to affect your clients as using so many appliances that emit heat keeps the salon temperature warm and toasty.
Another great tip is to not heat up the areas in your hair salon that you don’t need. This includes rooms like toilets and storerooms.
By far, one of the biggest energy users is air conditioning. While the AC can be a lifeline in the hotter months, it also consumes a mammoth amount of energy. And, in some cases, it can double your bills. Instead of keeping it on all day, use it solely when the temperature is at its highest.
During other times you can open doors and windows to allow a steady flow of air through the salon, or switch to electric fans. These can do a great job of keeping a room feeling cool, and they only cost pennies to run per hour.
4. Maintain your boiler
A boiler that isn’t regularly serviced runs the risk of using too much energy. This is why a yearly service is always highly recommended. If you have boiler insurance, the cost of having a professional inspect your boiler is usually included.
If you don’t have insurance, however, the cost of a service will be much less than the amount of energy an unhealthy boiler will consume.
5. Use smart technology
Using smart technology can go a long way to allowing you and your salon to become more energy efficient. These devices allow you to be increasingly mindful of how much energy you use, so you can do something about it.
Many devices can be easily paired to your phone, so if you need to pop out or are commuting, you can turn them on and off with just the touch of a screen. There are also some apps where you can set them up to turn on and off automatically. Say, for example, you want the heating to turn off when your salon reaches X temperature.
6. Switch to Easydry towels
As any hairdresser knows, one of the most mundane salon chores is washing and drying the large plethora of towels you go through each day. Having both a washing machine and tumble dryer on the go constantly can quickly lead to skyrocketing energy usage.
There is an alternative, however. Switching from cotton to Easydry towels means you won’t need to use the tumble dryer. Because they are created from super-absorbent fabric, they dry quickly on their own. They also have the added benefit of being more hygienic than regular cotton towels used in most hair salons.
And, while you aren’t using as many electrical appliances, you’ve also doing your bit for the environment by lowering your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win in this regard.