All businesses in the UK have a corporate social responsibility to ensuring their business act in an eco-friendly way and conduct business along these lines too. Although some businesses are greener than others, an eco-friendly attitude is becoming the norm and can be a money-saving opportunity too. Whether it’s complying with the EU regulations with regards to waste electrical equipment or simply logging your water usage, green business practices are becoming much more accepted and increasingly legislated. Here is a closer look at some green business practices you can work into your company that won’t break the bank.
If you’re starting from nothing then an energy audit is your first step. A professional will help you determine where your business is losing energy and how you might be able to save money and get a better service at the same time. An energy audit will help you to measure your energy use and identify any inefficiencies. Many business utility companies offer an audit for free for new customers or they are available at a low introductory rate.
Keeping your office cool or warm can become a nightmare as the building ages, every little gap is somewhere for the air to escape out of or stream in. Sealing and insulating around your doors and windows will help to ensure you aren’t wasting money on heating or air conditioning systems. Windows over 15 years old need replacing and though this can be costly, the energy efficiency, in the long run, will be worth it. Simply having the blinds down can help reduce heat loss too, if larger outlays aren’t right for you.
The advent of Cloud storage and technology means there really is little need to print anything anymore. Web-based applications such as Google Drive, Evernote and even team management and project applications like Trello can provide the perfect working environment for employees on and off-site.
You can share files, take notes and track changes in the project as they happen. Note-taking in meetings can take place digitally and the same can be said in almost every instance. When things do need to be printed or copied, ensure you have a single multifunctional device that can do everything you need. It Reduces Cost and space.
ENERGY STAR qualified products should be top of your list when buying new equipment. If you’re a new business then make sure you only opt for these products but if you already have equipment only replace as needed. ENERGY STAR is a government-backed energy efficiency programme which rates almost all office equipment.
You should also ensure you switch off and unplug all equipment overnight, or whenever it’s not in use. Many offices have a power strip installed so everything can be switched off in a single go but it’s also advisable to instil an attitude in your staff which leads them to switch their own equipment off too.
Many of the business energy companies out there now offer renewable or green energy contracts. The Renewables
Obligation has been in place since 2002 and is designed to encourage the generation of electricity from renewable sources. Many suppliers in the UK have Renewable Obligation Certificates which are evidence of the renewable status of their electricity and this is something you can check in advance of choosing your supplier.
These are just some of the many ways you can make your business more energy-efficient and green. Keep them in mind when planning your next financial year and are looking at ways to save money and go green.
At NJG Purchasing Services Ltd we believe that there are many basic tips and tricks which can help to reduce your company overheads with almost immediate effect.
We have produced an ebook to guide you through some of the more basic methods which you can implement alongside using NJG Purchasing Services.
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