24 Nov Government Cuts Support For RE: What Your Business Can Do
In recent business news, a prominent UN scientist has criticised the government for its increasing lack of support for renewable energy. RE technology, says the chief environment scientist at the UN Prof Jacquie McGlade, is one of the most dramatically expanding industries in the world and the UK has sped away from investment as fast as other countries are embracing it. But even while the government and other organisations may be taking a back step away from renewable energy and energy efficiency, there are still many things your business can do to make a difference to your energy use policy and, ultimately, the environment. Here are just a few ways to increase energy efficiency and make use of renewable technology in the workplace.
Look into Heat Pumps
Building heating is a very energy-intense use of fuel and if you can find a way to make heating more environmentally friendly and less reliant on fossil fuels, your business can make a difference. Air source heat pumps are one way you can get a more efficient heating system, and a system that actually delivers four times as much energy as it consumes. Plus, 75 percent of the heat you get from an air source heat pump comes from a renewable source. Take a look at air source heat pumps prices to see how they can be economical for your business or home.
Be Sure to Switch Off Equipment
Many people still leave their computers on overnight because it is more convenient to have them spring into action as soon as you move the mouse in the morning. But the extra few minutes it takes to start up a computer is a small price you pay for the energy you save. Even using screensavers and leaving a computer on standby uses energy. When you turn off computers and printers when you are not using them, you make a big difference to your energy consumption.
Unplug Your Chargers
When your phone has stopped charging, unplug it from the wall as it still uses energy even when it is not even attached to a phone. Make sure you unplug other chargers, too, like laptops and tablets. It’s a simple action but it will save energy.
Install Automatic Lights
If people consistently leave the lights on in the bathrooms or kitchen, install motion sensors that turn the lights off if there is no movement in the room. You can also put these motion sensors in corridors.
Cut Your Printing
Is it really necessary to print out documents? Make sure they are in an easy-to-read format so that people can easily look at them on a tablet or notebook during a meeting. Most of the printing you do is not necessary and is a waste of energy, and paper resources.
Turn Down the Heating
You don’t have to turn it down to levels where people start to complain, but you can turn it down 1 degree and not really notice it – but you will be reducing your overall energy consumption.