Eco-friendly policies are a must-have for businesses worldwide. Due to the general public becoming increasingly wary about their business having a high environmental impact and with climate change targets being set in legal stone; we must now strive to be more environmentally friendly, lest we suffer the consequences.
This is a series of business-focused guides about measures you can take to be a lean, green and hopefully save some cash!
Smart Extension leads
Throw single sockets out with the old and bring smart extension leads in. These multiple-socket power strips prevent the flow of electricity from turned off appliances, reducing your carbon footprint. You may also improve your office look; many smart power strips are now available in sleek wall-mounted designs allowing you to control the device via a wireless remote or mobile app! Although they’re a little pricier than the next best extension lead, you’ll soon start to see the benefit when you’re saving money on your Business energy bill.
Energy Saving Bulbs
Compared to traditional incandescents, energy-efficient lightbulbs such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs), typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money and can last 3-25 times longer.
Today’s energy-efficient bulbs are available in the wide range of colors and light levels to ensure your work space is not compromised. While the initial price of energy-efficient bulbs is typically higher than traditional incandescents, newer bulbs cost less to operate, saving you money over the life of the bulb. Many of the newer bulbs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often.
Flick the Switch
Printers, scanners, photocopiers and other equipment used intermittently should be set to sleep mode or be switched off when you don’t need them. Remember to shut down your computer before you leave, this can easily reduce energy consumption by nearly 40 per cent according to Rainforest Alliance (2015).
Keep the air circulated
Be sure to keep your work space as clutter free as possible, especially in the vented areas. FACT: Did you know that books and bulky items absorb the air circulated by vents and cooling units? Meaning those nasty winter bugs, germs, bacteria and smells have no room to escape, and continue to circulate around the office.
Stop the heat from escaping
Stop the heat leaking out through the windows in the winter months. Most businesses do not realise how much of their heat escapes from doors and windows which need repairing. Look out for gaps and cracks!
When put into this kind of context, some of these statistics are mind blowing. Many of us assume that there’s no harm in leaving things switched on when they’re not in use, but it’s clear to see just how much energy and money we are wasting through sheer carelessness and laziness.
To ensure you’re not burning money, you’ll need to get your staff on board. By showing them these figures, they’ll get a clearer idea of how much their bad habits are costing the company.