Today is the first day of Energy Saving Week 2007. If you’ve been thinking about doing more to help fight climate change, now’s the time to put those good intentions into action.
The Energy Saving Trust's website www.energysavingtrust.org.uk suggest lots of ways that you can cut down on the energy you use. And if you haven’t done it already, make a commitment to save energy today!
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You don’t need to invest in expensive new technologies to lower your energy costs and reduce your carbon emissions. Here are some things you and your employees can do today, that could reduce your overall energy use by 10%. And the best bit is, they won’t cost you a penny.
Combine these with other changes that need only minimum investment, and you could cut your bills by a fifth, or more.
- Measure how much energy you’re using
Unless you know what you’re paying, you won’t know what impact the changes make. Keep track of your bills, and how they change when you introduce our energy-saving tips.
- Switch off equipment when you’re not using it
On average offices waste £6,000 each year by leaving equipment on over weekends and bank holidays. Just getting your employees to turn off their monitors when they go home can make a big difference.
- Switch lights off in empty rooms
You could cut your lighting costs by as much as 15%, just by making sure you turn lights off in rooms and corridors that aren’t being used.
- Don’t turn up the heating unless you really need to
Unless it’s just too cold for comfort, try to keep your thermostat at 19°C. Your heating costs will go up by 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree
- Speak to your colleagues about saving energy
You need to lead by example, but it’s also important to make it a team effort. Ask employees where they think energy is being wasted, and encourage them to think about how they can all use less.
For more energy saving tips for your business log on to www.carbontrust.co.uk
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