With aims to reduce greenhouse emissions substantially over the next couple of decades, the government needs the help of businesses and homeowners nationwide to try and do their bit for the environment, reduce their carbon footprint and become a little more energy efficient.
While research and development into renewable energy costs massive amounts of money, tackling some of the inherent issues within a business environment can help to improve business energy efficiency across work environments, which will have a huge positive impact on nationwide energy consumption.
As a business owner, you may or may not know how to use less energy but similarly to saving energy at home; doing so in a business environment is just as simple. In many cases, it doesn’t even require a lot of monetary input. It’s estimated that 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are a result of business activity and The Carbon Trust believes that a business could easily reduce their emissions, and thus improve their energy efficiency, by 20% without much ado.
Implementing small changes, such as replacing light bulbs with energy saving alternatives and switching your electrical equipment off when leaving the office (or at least into standby mode) will contribute towards a healthier energy bill. If you have more funding, upgrading computer systems to more recent models will automatically provide you with more energy efficient appliances. Meanwhile, only boiling the amount of water you need rather than filling the kettle and opening a window rather than using the air-con are changes that won’t cost you a penny.
It doesn’t matter what size your business is, everyone can benefit from being a little more energy efficient. By doing so, not only will your balance sheet be thanking you kindly, but you will be playing your part in improving the environment in which you live, too.