Business recycling and reducing the amount of energy you use is great for the environment but it can also save you money and in some cases even help to make you money.
If you want to improve your business recycling and energy usage and reduce the carbon footprint of your office but aren’t sure where to start then take a look at these ten tips for better business recycling and energy use to get you on your way.
- Reduce and reuse. Before you get to the stage of recycling you should be thinking about how you can reduce and reuse the materials in your office instead. For example paper is often used unnecessarily within offices, can you make your office completely paper free? You need to make sure that materials aren’t being wasted so can you reduce by for example lessening the amount of packaging you use?
- Make sure you switch off all appliances every night and don’t leave equipment on standby.
- If possible, use laptops instead of desktop PC’s as these use less energy.
- Make sure lights are not on when it’s not necessary. If you have enough light in your office coming from windows than you shouldn’t need to have lights on all the time. You can also fit low energy bulbs and movement sensitive lights that only come on when needed.
- Rather than continually switching the heating up and down as the weather changes, keep it at a constant ‘room temperature’ to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Use skype or similar instead of going to business meetings, this will save you lots of money on fuel costs and will mean large chunks of your time won’t be taken up with travelling so you can spend more time developing your business.
- Make sure your building is well insulated to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on heating costs.
- Consult a waste management company to assess your business and find out if you could be recycling more and saving money on energy costs.
- In some cases companies can sell on their recyclable materials to other businesses, such as cardboard recycling merchants. Find out from your waste management consultant whether it would be possible for you to do this.
- Keeping staff in an office can cost you up to £7000 a year per staff member in office rentals, energy bills, water usage and other contingencies, so allow staff to work from home where possible to reduce the amount of energy you’re using.