Whether you’re an employee or a big boss, you should always be thinking about ways to help the company become more energy efficient and, in turn, save money. There are big projects that business owners can consider, such as improved insulation or solar power, but there are also lots of little things that all members of staff can think about to reduce your carbon footprint. Read on for some helpful tips.
How do You Commute to Work?
Business owners should think about introducing a cycle to work scheme, to do their bit for the environment. If walking or cycling isn’t an option, is there someone else that works in your office that you could carpool with? This will save both of you money on petrol and will also reduce your carbon footprint.
Think About the Lighting
Does the office have energy efficient LED bulbs or inefficient, outdated fluorescents? It might be time to suggest replacing the bulbs with something a little more eco-friendly. What’s more, it’s important to remember to turn the lights off at the end of each day, or if there’s enough natural light. Outdoor lights should be switched off during the day.
Switch Off Equipment
Lots of people are guilty of leaving their computers on overnight and simply switching off the monitors. This is a complete waste of energy and will also increase internal heat, which won’t be helpful in the summer time when you then need to blast the air-con to cool down the room.
Consider Your Printing Habits
Before you print something, ask yourself if it’s truly necessary to have a hard copy or if you’re going to be wasting paper. You could suggest that the business gets in touch with a print management company to help assess and direct the printing habits of all staff so that it is less wasteful.