It’s January, arguably the worst month of the year. It’s cold, dark and the Christmas cheer that filled the air a few weeks ago has long since disappeared. Everybody is running low on energy and funds. The New Year lull often extends into business too and if left unchecked can put a strain on office productivity.
A great way to lift the January blues is to make some positive changes to your business; an excellent way to improve your office environment is to introduce some eco-friendly practices. Sustainability is good for the environment and your business, you don’t have to spend lots of money and even small changes can make substantial energy savings.
1) Get rid of personal bins and implement a centralised recycling system.
Removing personal bins will encourage employees to think more about what they are throwing away and make them more likely to recycle.
2) Ensure heating and cooling systems are optimised for the time of day and time of year.
Make sure that heating and cooling systems are only activated when necessary and are inactive during non-office hours e.g. weekends and evenings.
3) Buy fair-trade and organic teas and coffee
Choosing fair-trade teas and coffee ensures that you are supporting farmers across the world.
4) Use non-hazardous and eco-friendly cleaning products
The majority of commercial cleaning products contain petroleum, a limited non-renewable natural resource. Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products will help minimise your company’s environmental impact.
5) Start a switch off campaign for lighting and electrical equipment
Behaviour change programmes are a highly effective way to initiate long-term changes within the working environment.
6) Optimise natural light and ventilation
A low cost way of reducing your energy consumption is to replace some of your lighting and air-conditioning usage with natural light and ventilation. This could be as simple as getting your windows cleaned or opening blinds and windows during the day.
Going beyond these initial steps and beginning to fully integrate sustainable practices into your business takes time and expertise. Here at Low Carbon Europe we specialise in taking organisations far beyond these initial steps to make substantial, long-lasting energy savings.
Please contact us if you would like to find out how we can help you.