Saving energy and making your start-up greener won’t just cut your costs and benefit your bottom line, it could also enhance your reputation among consumers. These days, there’s an increasing pressure on businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to demonstrate that they take sustainability seriously. If you want to give your fledgling company a head start when it comes to this issue, keep reading. Here are three simple but effective ways to reduce your energy consumption and showcase environmental responsibility.
Switch to LED lighting
Did you know that on average, lighting accounts for a quarter of businesses’ electricity costs? However, the Energy Saving Trust notes that switching from traditional light bulbs to LEDs can cut this spending by as much as 80 per cent. So, making this quick and simple change could make a big dent in your energy bills.
You might also want to install a motion sensor lighting system to further lower your costs. This will ensure that lights are only on when they are needed.
Reduce heat loss, and improve your heating controls
Using your heating and air conditioning systems to get the temperature in your workplace just right year-round can be expensive. If your building isn’t energy efficient and you don’t have the right temperature control systems, you could find that you end up wasting a lot of energy and money on this. Thankfully, as business utilities specialist Utility Bidder points out, there are some very easy ways to cut your energy consumption in this area. For example, checking for draughts in colder parts of your premises and taking action to address them can minimise heat loss from your building.
You might also want to think about investing in an intelligent heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) system. These solutions can be automated to keep temperatures in workplaces at the optimal level while using the minimum amount of energy.
Stop leaving equipment on standby
It’s easy to get into the habit of leaving equipment such as laptops, PCs and printers on standby mode when they’re not being used, but this drains power needlessly. To ensure your devices aren’t wasting energy in this way, it’s important to switch them off fully. One way to make this quicker and easier is to connect multiple pieces of equipment to power strips, allowing you to turn them all off at once.
Implementing changes like these doesn’t necessarily require much time or effort, and it could make your businesses greener and leaner over the long term.