This innovative post from Inui discusses the different ways in which your business could do its bit for the environment and be more energy efficient
As a business it is essential that you set an example for your employees and your customers to be more ‘green', particularly given the current ‘energy crisis' situation.
Helping the environment and being more energy efficient can not only help you to save money, but can also help you to attract a wider customer base, especially as many other businesses and consumers like to be associated with those who carry out ‘green' practices; it's vital positive publicity.
The great thing is that being more energy efficient and more environmentally friendly doesn't mean you need to have a huge overhaul and change everything in your company at a large expense; it just takes a few simple alterations which could benefit you in the long run.
Change Your Lights
Lighting is essential in any business, you and your employees need to be able to see what you are working on and there are many regulations for different industries in which, lighting needs to be kept at a certain brightness and regulation. By replacing your lighting from traditional bulbs to LED bulbs you could reduce your lighting bill by as much as 90 per cent.
As light contributes to around 40 per cent of your energy bill, you could be saving a substantial amount. Inui offer a wide range of LED bulbs and being 100 per cent recyclable, they are much better for the environment. LED lights can also help you to reduce your carbon emissions by up to 60 per cent.
Recycle Whatever You Can
Recycling is a fantastic way to do your bit for the environment, depending what industry you work in, you could recycle just about anything. Paper is one of the main materials to recycle, especially within the office. Cardboard boxes and other packaging materials are also great recyclable products, helping you to get rid of your waste in a much more proactive way.
It's also worth having relevant recycling bins, such as those for aluminium cans or biodegradable food waste, for employees to use - they're incredibly useful to have in our own homes, helping to reduce the amount we send to landfill, and tackling this on a larger scale in your business will have an even larger effect. Have a look at your company's waste and see what products could be recycled rather than thrown away.
Encouraging car sharing is a fantastic idea that could cut back on fuel costs for you and your staff, as well as reducing your carbon footprint as there are not so many vehicles traveling the same distance and emitting hazardous fumes. It is an innovative way to encourage team building and friendships within the workplace, which can mean productivity is much more improved.
Another great advantage is that if you have limited parking at your business, your staff will easily be able to park, and there will be fewer issues with employees having to park further away or causing safety risks by parking precariously on site.
Turn Off All Electricals
If you work in an office based environment ensure that at the end of the day all of your staff are aware that they need to turn off all of their electrical equipment properly to ensure that there is no energy wastage. There's also the risk of reducing the lifespans of electrical appliances due to unnecessary overuse, as well as a potential fire risk as well.
Lighting should be put on a detection sensor so that if certain areas of the building are not in use, the lights will turn off until the space is needed again. This is extremely helpful as many individuals can often forget to turn switches off, meaning you are paying unnecessary energy bills and causing avoidable damage to the environment.
Although none of these changes are extremely difficult to implement, they can make a huge difference to your business and to your contribution to the environment.
This post was written by Ekta Mair for Inui who specialise in high quality and affordable LED lights