How to Make Your Business More Energy and Cost Efficient
With increasing energy costs, tighter CO2 legislation, and consumers making more ethically-informed purchasing choices, now’s the time to improve energy efficiency for your business.
Any changes you can make, however small, will have a big impact – not only on business spending, but on the planet too!
Think about your lighting solutions
Try and use as much natural light as possible. Not only will this make staff happier and more productive, but it will help reduce your energy bill.
Change lightbulbs to LED energy efficient bulbs, and don’t forget to switch off lights when not needed.
Turn down the heat
Could you stand to turn the heating down slightly in the office? Turning it down by just 1°C can cut bills by as much as 10%.
Have your boiler serviced annually to make sure it’s operating as efficiently as possible. Consider investing in a commercial boiler, as they can save as much as 30% in terms of energy usage.
Switch off your electronics
At night, switch off your machines – not only computers and printers, but things like microwaves and vending machines. These all use energy, even in an idle mode.
Instead of having a screensaver when you’re away from a desk, switch the monitor off too. Screensavers actually waste energy and are no longer needed with modern LCD monitors, so you’ll also save the pennies.
Cut down on printing
Many offices are now going paperless, with printing limited to necessary documents only. Thanks to software such as DocuSign which allows users to digitally sign contracts and other important documents, printing is becoming a thing of the past. Not only will this save on printing costs but will save on the number of trees that are cut down too.
It’s also worth noting it takes a gallon of fossil fuel to produce a single laser cartridge, and 2.5 ounces of oil to manufacture a new inkjet cartridge.
If printing is required, remember to print double sided, in black and white, and remove any unnecessary images.
Allow your employees to work from home occasionally
If possible, allow your employees to work from home on certain days. Not only will this save on energy if their machines are not in use but allowing a flexible working environment could have a positive impact on their work.
As a small business it can be easy to think that the changes you make won’t have an impact on saving the planet, but if enough people start making small changes, it will have a massive affect. And if saving the planet isn’t enough, you’ll at least save some money in the process.