- November 13, 2015
- Posted by: Gareth Whalley
- Category: Latest News & Blog
The amount of money your business will spend on energy and energy efficiency is, contrary to what some may believe, is not a fixed overhead. It is within your power to cut costs and lower unnecessary spending in the long-term.
Government support to help your business go green
Developing an energy strategy for your business may not be easy, and can be a long-term commitment in terms of cost and investment. There are many government organisations which offer help for your business. Your first port of call should be to check out the government grants or loans that could help you with the initial costs of making your business more energy efficient.
Air conditioning is becoming one of the most important factors for ensuring office comfort, but can be costly if you’re not using the right system. We should know – we’ve got a bit of a vested interest!
Doing an air conditioning “audit” to work out how much your system may be costing you, and how to improve on the efficiency, is one way of saving your business money, and another important step on the way to creating a greener office.
Improving your business tech
Technology is both one of the greatest blessings and greatest curses when it comes to energy efficiency. On the one hand, computers, servers and machinery use a lot of energy, especially if you are a business with a growing workforce.
On the other hand, technology may yet prove to be the most valuable asset companies have in their goal to become more energy efficient over time. With features such as LED lighting and smart meters allowing for intelligent monitoring of energy usage.
Improving your insulation
Insulation is one of the simplest and most common sense means of improving the energy efficiency of your business premises.
Replacing windows and installing better roof and wall insulation help to ensure that your premises are not losing heat unnecessarily and costing you money over a long period.
Changing the culture of your office
The only way you can really hope to successfully implement an energy efficiency strategy is to ensure that everyone in your organisation is truly on board with it. In essence, it needs to be a mode of behaviour, and not just a business policy.
This is where you can make energy efficiency incentive based, offering members of your team rewards for being more environmentally conscious. This can include the introduction of cycle to work schemes and encouraging your employees to go paper free.