With businesses becoming increasingly reliant on technology, many struggle to be energy efficient. The good news is, that even with an office packed full of tech or a warehouse filled with machinery, there are things you can implement to become greener.
Older technology can consume more power, meaning it has a higher carbon footprint. As such, when it’s time to upgrade, look for tech that will offer energy savings. Instead of desktops, provide employees with laptops. Not only do they use up to 80% less energy, but they also allow your staff to be mobile and work from any location.
Or, if you own an industrial business, consider upgrading to the latest air pollution systems to reduce the company’s impact on the environment.
Although this option can have a high initial cost, purchasing your own renewable energy sources could save you money in the long term. Not only will your business be more environmentally friendly, able to produce its own electricity, but you could also benefit from selling energy back to the grid.
No matter whether your business is based in an office, warehouse, or an industrial plant, your boiler could be hindering your efforts to become more energy efficient. To make sure your boiler is performing well, always carry out regular maintenance. It is also important to make sure that your system is properly insulated, as energy escaping will not only damage your footprint, but also your company’s finances.
Team spirit can play a huge role in being more energy efficient. Simply asking your staff to switch off equipment or avoid printing may not work. Instead, make it a competition. You could offer monthly incentives for the team or staff member that has made the most effort to be green, helping the environment and boosting staff morale.
If you have already taken some steps towards being energy efficient – such as switching to low-energy lighting, sealing up gaps, using an online cloud system instead of printing, and switching off equipment over night – and are struggling to find other green solutions, it may be worth getting an energy audit. This service may identify other areas or upgrades you can perform, to make your business greener.
Being energy efficient is not only fantastic for the environment, but could also help your business save money. And, in a world where customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the ethics and practices of the brands they choose, it could boost your company’s image, too.