If you own or run a business, a great way to reduce expenditure is to monitor and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are five tips to begin reducing your carbon emissions straight away:
- Save Energy
A simple way to save energy is to switch off all appliances and lights when you finish work for the night. The energy it takes to light an office overnight is enough to heat the water for 1000 cups of tea! By introducing daylight and occupancy sensors, in addition to more light switches you will be doing your bit for the environment and saving money on your fuel bills.
Ensure the temperature in your office is at the right level so that you or your employees don’t feel the need to open windows. You can also set the timer on your central heating to ensure that it never comes on unnecessarily in an empty building.
To make your heaters more efficient, avoid blocking radiators and keep your office well-insulated by blocking out the source of any draughts. You should also avoid putting hot equipment near cooling vents. This will make it easier for the vents to do their job in an area that needs to be heated constantly.
You should also keep your heating system well-maintained. By doing this, you could reduce your fuel bill by as much as 10%.
- Introduce Employee Schemes
There are many ways you can encourage your staff to help reduce your company’s carbon footprint. You may wish to consider appointing an eco-champion to promote energy efficiency at work.
Install bike racks and showers to make it more practical for employees to run, walk or cycle to the office. You could also offer flexitime and a carpooling scheme; this may allow parents to avoid a mad rush to get their kids to school before arriving at work, and reduce their need for a car in the process.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Bring in recycling bins at convenient points throughout the office and ban bins at desks. Use recycled paper for office use and in toilets and vegetable-based inks for printing.
- Kitchen Appliances
Keep fridge and freezer doors closed: For every hour that the freezer is open, it will cost your business £6.
You should also ensure your system stays at the right temperature. Your costs could rise by 2-4% if the temperature is 1ºC less than needed. Ensure that you place your fridge and freezer units sit in an area with enough airflow. This will ensure the condensers don’t get overheated.