Every business should be energy conscious, taking the appropriate measures to save energy where possible. It doesn’t matter what size your business is, tiny or substantial; you should have more than just generating profit in mind. It’s very important to be environmentally friendly in this day and age, so read on to find out how to save energy in your business:

Switch Your Light Bulbs

Changing your light bulbs is easy, affordable, and will cut costs straight away. CFL bulbs, or compact fluorescent light bulbs, use 75% less energy than your regular light bulb! For every 5 bulbs you replace, you could save over £200. You’re making a great saving when you consider the fact that lighting makes up around 50% of the average buildings energy bill.

Where possible, you could also used renewable energy such as solar powered lighting – perhaps to light up the outside of the building at night time.

Turning off the lights when you don’t need them on and switching your bulbs to more energy efficient makes will make the world of difference!

Switch Appliances Off When Not In Use

Have your employees set their computers to go to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. You should also ask them to turn them off at night along with printers, and any other appliances that aren’t in use, even the coffee makers! Per appliance, this can save anything from £50-£150 per year!

Eco Landscaping

Natural landscapes are said to increase employees productivity and creativity. By hiring an eco-friendly landscaper, you could turn an area outside into an eco friendly place for lunch, meetings, brainstorming sessions, or simply a place for employees to enjoy a break.

Improve Efficiency of Heaters and Coolers

Before purchasing any heaters and coolers for your workplace, check to see how energy efficient they are online. Heaters and coolers can actually make up the majority of the utility bills, so ensuring you’re careful with them will mean you save a load of energy and cash!

Simply turning the heat/air cooling down at night can reduce the amount of energy used substantially, as can installing a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature.

Save Paper

Only print things off when you absolutely have to to save paper, and even then do your best to use both sides! If you have a need for a large amount of printing, you could even get in touch with a company who specialise in eco-friendly bleach free paper printing.

Use Recycled Packaging

If you use any kind of packaging within your business, even if it’s just envelopes, switch to the recycled version. You can get recycled cartons, boxes, envelopes, even furniture! Is your desk looking a little bit worse for wear? Don’t buy brand new – buy a recycled desk that’s a fraction of the price and very eco friendly!

Not only is saving energy good for the environment and your bank account, you’ll generate positive attitudes from the public and your employees, and maybe even increase your sales while you’re at it. The more eco-friendly you are, the more it will become part of your company history!

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