Nearly all businesses in the UK want to achieve the dual goals of becoming more energy efficient while simultaneously making operations greener. However, this is not always a simple task; many green technologies are still in their infancy, and changing suppliers or completely altering your business energy supply could be costly if not done properly.
But, luckily for you, we’re here to help. So read on for our top three things you can do to ensure your business saves money while going green.
Commit to energy audits
All companies require electrical energy to fuel their day-to-day operations and produce the goods we use on a daily basis. And, the bigger the business, the more energy is required. But, though it’s necessary for all companies to adequately utilise energy for any number of purposes, there are certainly ways to reduce the amount of energy used by carrying out regular audits.
Such audits monitor the amount of energy used in your workplace, and can sometimes be accurate enough to track a solitary machine or piece of equipment. This means you can see at a glance where you are using excessive levels of energy. You can then start the journey to becoming more energy-efficient, which generally involves finding a more suitable supplier and making small, in-house changes that will result in long-term benefits.
Work closely with eco-friendly suppliers and partners
One of the best ways to become more energy-efficient is to work with the right partners. This can be something as basic as changing your packaging supplier for one that has more of a focus on green initiatives, or it could mean switching to a supplier that emphasises the importance of renewables.
And, contrary to popular belief, switching energy suppliers is not difficult, painful or convoluted. By understanding the benefits you are likely to gain, and knowing what your business’ long-term goals are, you can find the perfect energy supplier for you.
Recycle and re-use
While some waste, such as chemicals or certain types of plastics, cannot currently be re-used or recycled, there are certainly ways to ensure your waste business materials are handled more efficiently. If you have a large organisation that creates large amounts of waste glass, paper, or cardboard, for example, it may be worth investing in a recycling machine or two.
It is also possible to send some waste to other businesses who will be able to utilise it in their operations. Faulty or redundant parts for equipment, for example, but not be needed in your operations anymore, but there will likely be another company more than happy to take them off your hands.
A good example of renewable energy usage is Google – Google aimed to become 100% renewable by 2017