In 2013 it is hard enough running your own small business, what with the reduced demand across all markets, without costing yourself more money by wasting energy.
If you own a retail outlet or office unit the electricity bill will be one of the most significant overheads you have to deal with so it is essential that you don’t make it bigger than it needs to be.
There are a number of ways small businesses up and down the country waste energy – many of which have a relatively simple solution. Here are the top 3 ways you can boost your company’s green credentials.
Foster a carbon-conscious culture.
Knowing what you need to be doing and actually doing them is one of the main obstacles for businesses looking to save energy, so it helps to implant the culture of saving energy within all of your employees, be it through training or otherwise.
Bad habits that have been developed over a lifetime of leaving on light switches and leaving windows open can take a while to break, but by consistently reinforcing the message via encouragement and training literature you will begin to see your staff practice energy saving behaviours. This includes turning off lights and devices when you leave the room, closing windows and recycling as much as possible
Stake those vampires.
They may be the stuff of fiction, but vampire appliances are very real, and they are inside businesses up and down the UK sucking the electricity out of the mains even when you don’t realise it.
Some electronic devices don’t need to be even switched on to use power, and the Energy Saving Trust estimates that these ‘vampires’ add between 9 and 16% to annual domestic electricity bills in the UK, costing UK households £1.3 billion. It is a problem that affects businesses as well, with the thirstiest of these vampires including:
- Television sets
- Laptops & desktop computers
- Cordless phones
Putting something on standby may seem as though it should be enough, but to ensure that you aren’t losing money to the vampires you need to switch off and unplug your appliances.
Invest in the right technology.
As well as making sure that your existing electronic devices aren’t costing you money there are certain technologies you can invest in that will actually help you save money. The fallibility of people in terms of laziness and simple forgetfulness can be covered by certain modern equipment that takes the human element out of reducing your energy consumption.
Automatic and movement-sensing lighting, electronic devices that switch themselves off after a period of inactivity and warm air heating systems – which are estimated to be able to save 20% on heating costs – are all available to businesses both large and small looking to make a real difference to their carbon footprint as well as their bottom line.
With the economic outlook continuing to appear relatively gloomy for small businesses it is vital that you are able to identify as many opportunities for savings as possible. Considering the propensity for companies to waste electricity this could be an area where you will see major improvements to your profit margins – so what are you waiting for? Start working today for a greener tomorrow.