Compliance blog

The clocks go forward on March 30th which means lighter nights and warmer weather, hopefully. Because of this, it is important to keep an eye on how much energy you are using throughout the spring and summer months; ensuring that you are not being wasteful. Here is some advice on how your business can manage its energy usage all year round.

Making our businesses more sustainable can have a positive effect on both the economy and the environment; so using water, energy and natural materials more efficiently will make a huge difference.

Britain relies on global trade and resources to drive economy and grow businesses, but making the correct steps towards decreasing your carbon footprint within the workplace will help to do this also. Big issues such as climate change, pollution and a growing population mean that there is more onus on us as humans to improve the way in which we live our daily lives to use less energy and create waste at a reduced rate.

Gov.uk have said that businesses in the UK can benefit from using their resources in the workplace more effectively to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions while saving money on the rising price of commodities. If all UK businesses pledged to be more efficient with their energy and other resources, then a saving can be made of around £23 billion a year going forward. It is also said that around 75% of each person’s carbon emissions in the UK are from products and services. Because of this, they now aim to help identify where the biggest impacts are, and help businesses achieve goals by aiding them to target their efforts concerning sustainability.

Not only can businesses save money from keeping an eye on how much energy they are using by making informed decisions about how they are using their energy, but they can also build customer trust simultaneously.

If businesses are demonstrating an extreme interest about what steps they are taking towards their environmental impacts and make it clear to customers how their products and services are sustainable, then customers are then able to make those all important decisions and informed choices on where to invest their money, at present and in the future.

To save energy within your business and to help enforce these changes with a positive effect on individuals within the workplace, then we can follow these following steps:

  • Ensure that all lights are switched off in empty rooms – In most offices there will be rooms that people go in and out of throughout the day. These are rooms such as store cupboards, photocopier rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. If we can enforce the rule in staff to turn off lights after they have finished, then you will find that they will get into the habit of doing this. A way to remind employees is to use stickers on each light switch telling them to ‘remember to turn off this light when you leave’. Another clever way of managing the lighting system is to install sensors into these rooms which is said to reduce lighting use by 80% as they will only switch on when someone enters the room, and automatically switch off after a length of time.
  • Label light switches – If you have a multiple light switches within your business that turn on lights in different areas, then it is a good idea to label these to indicate to employees which lights need to be switched on and what they are for.
  • Turn off computers – When leaving the office to go home at night, switching off your computer and making sure that it is shut down properly can significantly save energy. Not only should you ensure that your computer is switched off,  but also other office equipment such as printers, photocopiers and projectors.
  • Open blinds and switch off lights – In many offices, you will find that during the day their  blinds are drawn and the lights are switched on. This may be because of factors such as glare on the screen. However, if it is possible to open your blinds and conserve energy by switching off lights in daylight hours, then do so.
  • Managing the heating system – Most heating systems in offices are controlled and manage the temperature in certain areas or zones within the building. You must ensure that everyone knows how to control the heating and cooling system within their area and facilitate a minimum and maximum temperature for people to abide by.

There are plenty of others ways in which your business can manage its energy use and cut back on spending. Small changes such as installing an instant boiling water dispenser and getting rid of all of the kettles in the office can save a lot of money and hugely decrease energy. Just consider how many people make cups of tea and coffee within the office all day, every day. That’s a lot of boiling kettles!

Raising awareness within the office is important, so implementing some of these steps is better than going along blindly when it comes to conserving energy and considering your impact on the environment.

For more information on how you can make that difference to the environment by managing your energy usage, get in touch with us on 01296 678440 or via email at info@alcumusgroup.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us over on our Facebook page for updates on topics such as this.