For the past 8 years, Stephen Haynes has been involved in promoting and selling green measures to both the domestic and commercial market place as a City and Guilds qualified Energy Assessor and Green Deal Assessor. I spoke to him to hear his insight on how to put your business ahead of the curve when it comes to being greener and the cost-savings you glean from sustainable working. According to Stephen, the answer of exactly how to do this is simple:
Think of your business as if it were your home and treat it the same way.
Low or no cost options as places to start are:
- Add a timer to the shutter door so you’re not heating the car park
- Switch off the light once you’ve left a room…
- Install LED lighting on a timer
- Be environmentally savvy when planning routes for sales visits
- Switch off equipment rather than leaving it on standby
- Carry out an energy audit on your building (no need to move premises!)
- Turn the thermostat down just 1 degree – you’ll be amazed at how much it will save you
Clean technology will save the planet and your pocket
Businesses are quick to embrace new technology to improve sales, production or contact and we see this every day with products we have slowly taken for granted: smart phones, the internet, faster computers etc. All of these aid companies in keeping at the cutting edge while making more money and soon it will become the norm for a business to use technology to manage energy bills.
‘Clean’ technology is always being innovated to improve the efficiency of your industrial heating and this saves you from having to replace your system entirely. An energy management system (EMS) makes use of highly accurate digital thermostats and predictive software to give your business the potential to save on your fuel spend.
If you want to keep making changes you need to measure your progress and that’s exactly what an EMS allows you to do. Whether a company is trying to save money, trying to attain the ISO14001 or just want to get a head start on the sustainable future of our economy, energy efficiency is where you should start. A little investment gains huge results.
Reduce your carbon emissions, improve your profitability
Its common sense that the more you become more sustainable, the more money you’ll save and the more profitable you’ll become. Our customers are leading the way with this mind-set because people want to know what companies do for the environment now, like whether the fish they buy is from a sustainable source or if their vegetables are organic etc.
Unless your company can prove it’s not actively contributing to climate change, your business will suffer year-on-year. In just a few years, green possibilities have boomed for businesses and this will continue as we proceed towards the legally bound decarbonisation target for 2030. Now we have the reason, the technology and the cultural push towards green business decisions, we also have the power to change our future.