Going green is no longer an option. The topic is non-stop hot on the press, with both the government enforcing it and the consumer wanting it. But we can assure you, instrumenting sustainable practices in the office will be in your favour – and will in fact significantly reduce your biggest outlays, and help save money on your bills too.
Luckily, whether you’re a small business or a corporate business, many eco-friendly changes around the office are easy to implement and will have a long-term positive economic and environmental impact.
Switch it off.
It may seem obvious but too often electrics are being left on overnight. According to Rainforest Alliance, businesses could actually reduce energy consumption by 36% by merely turning off and powering down after use.
Opt for LED light bulbs.
Swapping just one old light bulb with an energy saving or LED bulb can reduce lighting costs by up to £78 over its lifetime and can save you approximately £3 per bulb per year.
LEDs are the most favourable choice, as they fully illuminate right away, yet use a significantly reduced amount of energy (and for only 10% of your electricity costs).
With our increasingly digital world, printing out paper seems futile and utterly old-fashioned – so it’s alarming that the amount of waste paper sent to landfills each year would on average fill 103,000 double decker buses.
Reduce and recycle.
Electronic communications and digital data storage are key in reducing your paper consumption but better yet, in saving printing costs and valuable time.
Equip your office with good recycling systems by investing in good bins and labelling. Paper and card recycling are the most palpable, but remember glass, plastics, printing cartridges, food waste and lightbulbs all contribute to methane production in landfills.
Whilst there are technological solutions on offer to help save energy, the way we behave has the biggest impact on the environment. Implement training programmes on environmental issues and eco-friendly methods will encourage everyone to get involved and start thinking green.
Reduce your footprint.
Accommodate working from home and flexible working hours to avoid valuable time being lost in traffic jams. Better yet, encourage public transport and offer CycleScheme discounts.
If you’ve got a big meeting coming up, consider running a digital meeting in substitute of colleagues jumping across the country for one meeting. ClickMeeting and Join.Me are just some of the tech platforms that enable real-time conference calls.
Monitor energy usage.
Monitoring your energy usage with a smart meter will help you reduce your gas and electricity costs dramatically over a year.
A smart meter will give you the current outlays of your energy usage whilst updating the provider as well. This will enable accurate meter readings to avoid you being overcharged.
So, what are you waiting for?
The benefits of going green far outweigh the small efforts needed. Start living a greener lifestyle and you will contribute to a healthier environment, welcome new clients, help your community and better yet, save the pennies.
Crown Oil Environmental are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Our environment is sensitive to our daily usage of fuels, oils and chemicals used for energy and power, that’s why we work tirelessly to ensure tanks are cleaned and old tanks are decommissioned to reduce the risks of contaminated land and waterways. We also offer tank building services and planned preventative maintenance for a complete environmental service.
Our fuel polishing, oil analysis and contamination removal services enable clean fuel and avoid any disruption to your machinery and equipment. Our on-site laboratory has some of the best equipment for analysing and testing both oil and fuel for bacterial contamination and quality.