Monitor your heating and lighting
Try solar power
Businesses are increasingly investing in solar power as it
can provide a multitude of benefits including
water heating, lighting, electricity, water-cooling and ventilation. Introducing
solar power can be a means of generating income, as any extra energy you can
create can be sold back to the National Grid. Although the initial cost of installation can be significant, businesses can
reap the rewards of the financials involved with generating extra energy.
Establish an eco-friendly office
policy or recycling guidelines
Avoid promoting a new
eco-friendly office policy during your busiest time of the time. Consider
introducing a set of guidelines at the start of the year. Think about rewarding
actions for creating an eco-friendly work environment, as this gives employees
the potential for both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Once guidelines and
changes have been introduced, ask for feedback as staff will respond better to
consultation rather than being instructed and always remember to provide
appropriate recycling bins throughout your office. Create a feedback system in
can note down any potential strategies towards making their office better
for the environment.
Use energy efficient equipment
One of the biggest drains in
energy throughout a typical office is electrical equipment such as computers,
kitchen appliances and photocopy machines. Whilst leaving equipment on standby
may seem convenient, 46% of electricity consumed by a business is used outside
of office hours. Ensure that you have turned off all equipment via the sockets
as this is one of the main examples of inefficient energy use. Similarly,
decreasing paper, toner and energy needed for a photocopier could save your
business £50 a year.
Make sure to consider every aspect of how your officer
operates in terms of energy efficiency. You will be surprised what little
changes can make, and for very little cost.