Eco-Friendly Offices: Improving Resource Efficiency

Next to industries which carry a high consumption of natural gasses and produce surplus amounts of chemical waste, office based businesses can seem insignificant with regards to ecological efficiency.

As a country we are becoming progressively cognisant of the impact our individual actions have on our environment. With this in mind, a workforce of one or more, regardless of the nature of your business, can make small eco-friendly improvements to aid positive conservational changes.

Irrespective of the nature of your industry, concurring with British Gas, ‘we all need to use less energy, reduce our energy costs, increase or efficiency and comply with new EU Directives and legislation.’

While eco-friendly practises may not seem like a top priority for within your organisational operations, simple changes have been proven to benefit businesses as well as the environment. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) states that: ‘UK businesses could save around £23 billion per year by making simple changes to use resources more efficiently and help protect the environment’.

In addition to immediate cost reduction, enhancing your business through ecological innovation can drive in new custom. Due to the apparent sustainable systems within your organisation, expect an upturn in capital.

Making changes with your resources can be time and cost efficient. Business energy from British Gas comes complete with Energy360 – a collection of services, products and facilities to simplify implementing and maintaining conservational customs within your workplace, promising to reduce your energy expenditure by ten per cent.

Energy suppliers now offer advisory services for business customers for bespoke guidance on ‘going green’. Recommending ways to improve your carbon footprint by reducing your energy consumption will lower the cost to your business as well as the environment.

Paying for your actual electric usage will eradicate any estimated bills and open the door for energy insight facilities to be exploited. Once Smart Meters are installed to measure your business energy from British Gas, your company can manage and manipulate resources through services such as Business Energy Insight™.

According to a recent report by British Gas, ‘companies typically spend as much as 46% of their energy usage outside of business hours.’ Offices can easily fall culprit to excessive expenditure, which is providentially an issue that can be easily rectified.

Instigate policies and procedures within your workplace to cut energy costs and consumption. Basic briefs for staff members will ensure a reduction in resource dissipation.

Making workers responsible for turning off electric equipment, computers and office machinery as office hours come to a close can make a huge difference. Business Link suggests that just one computer, left on for 24 hours costs £50 a year. Shutting screens and processors down completely every evening can save £35 a year per computer.

Regulating the temperature in your offices is an effective way to cut costs and develop the energy efficiency within your organisation. Before turning on the air conditioning or the heating in your office, consider free or frugal ways to maintain room temperatures. Opening and shutting doors can restrict any draft or breeze to encourage a consistent office climate.

 

Outside of stunning summers, complaints of stuffy working environments can be overcome during spring and autumn by opening windows and doors to encourage a cost-free flow of fresh air through the building.

During winter months, close doors and windows and turn down the office thermostat one or two degrees lower. Lowering the office temperature by just one degree C ‘can cut your heating bill by 8 per cent’ according to Business Link.

Paper is a staple product for all offices and is one of the most wasted resources. Whether you buy your own paper or employ an office manager to request supplies, opt for reams with a high recycled content. Placing paper bins in each office will urge employees to use the correct recycling methods.

While this will promote environmentally friendly systems, using paper sparingly is an economical advantage for your business. Paper costs alone for office work can be extortionate; promote electronic means of communication and reduce any printing to a minimum to save on paper, ink and toners.

Look past rudimentary recycling options and keep waste paper as scrap. Create a notepad using bulldog clips for notes or telephone logs.

All businesses can play a part in the improvement of our country’s energy efficiency. Small steps by everyone will encourage a monumental change for the future of our environment, and our current company accounts. 

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