The need to be eco-friendly is something more and more businesses have to face these days. The biggest challenge is arguably not so much being energy efficient but being so, without hurting your business’ capital. A further challenge is sufficiently encouraging your workers to also adopt an eco-friendly mindset during working hours. Here are a few tips on helping the environment while sufficiently running your business.
Educating Office Workers
Educating office workers to become more eco-friendly is a major part of reducing CO2 emissions. In fact, ICT in the UK is responsible for around ten percent of our CO2 emissions, which is about the same amount as that of aviation. It is therefore a huge problem.
Management therefore really needs to take the time to properly train their staff, as not only are office staffs pumping out CO2, but they’re costing their firms a lot of money, by doing so. It therefore has to start with the employees.
It does cost money to train workers on the need to be eco-friendly and the practice of being eco-friendly and a lot of firms do see this as a waste of money. However, some of the things that can be taught to office workers are surprisingly basic and ought not cost any money to have taught. For example, many people think that screensavers save money however unfortunately that’s not true. It is therefore introducing an intelligent culture of being eco-friendly and explaining to your workers that the energy you use at work is exactly the same as that you use at home, and we have one planet and one set of resources. We thus have to educate people that good energy efficient behaviour at home should also be matched by good energy behaviour at work.
For any energy efficiency training program that a company institutes, the cost will be earned back very quickly.
One great way of saving resources and money in your workplace is printing on both sides of the page. This is known as duplex printing. It is estimated that each sheet of A4 paper that’s made from virgin stock uses around 17watts of power to produce. Therefore if you do not print on the other side every time you print a piece of paper, you’re wasting about 8.5watts. This is a lot of energy. For example, 8.5watts is the equivalent to using a 60watt light bulb for 8 or 9 minutes.
You wouldn’t imagine there’s that much energy embedded in one sheet of A4 but there is, and energy costs money.
Every Penny Counts
While educating the office workers of a business is important for saving energy, it is also important to adopt a money-making mindset at all costs, which fortunately goes hand in hand with saving energy in the long run.
Many businesses do not have such a mentality and as a result lose out on thousands of pounds each year. For example, according to RIFT UK, this is the case of a high number of British businesses who fail to claim back their tax refunds each year.
The key is to adopt this mindset, and place it hand in hand with a determination and willingness to make your business energy efficient.