Simple steps to make your business more eco-friendly

See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. This is the attitude that many consumers used to have before the pressure to reduce our carbon footprint was increased.

78% of consumers now claim that they would boycott a product or service if their environmental credentials turned out to be false, according to research by Cone Communications. In order to retain customers, businesses will have to devise a long-term eco strategy to ensure they are flying the green flag.

A typical office consumes a copious amount of energy through the sheer volume of electrical equipment used including computers, printers, phones and many other appliances. Many businesses don’t realise how much energy they could save by implementing a few changes around the workplace. The greater the amount of energy saved, the more money your business will have at the end of the year, not to mention improved green customer loyalty.

Switching lights off when they’re not in use, keeping the room temperature even so the workplace never gets too cold or too warm and turning appliances off when you leave for the day are all familiar ways in which we try and save energy at work.

But what about the lesser known energy sucking appliances?

Hand dryers

Hand dryers are essential workplace equipment, yet the older models waste unnecessary energy due to the length of time they run for and the higher rate of power used. Simple mathematics states that the frequency in which employees take trips to the bathroom, multiplied by the number of staff you have, quickly adds up to a large energy bill.

While you may believe that paper towels are the lesser of two eco evils, paper towels are a green warrior’s nightmare. Not only do they destroy trees, reducing the amount of oxygen produced in the environment, but they also waste energy during their disposal. Recycled paper towels are not much better either, although moderately greener than other towels, they still use energy during disposal.

So how can you avoid this issue? By installing energy-efficient hand dryers. The latest models of hand dryers have been constructed to be as eco-friendly as possible by producing a concentrated stream of air, as opposed to older models which disperse hot air in a downwards direction. This dries the hands quicker and therefore decreases the length of time it is on for. You’d be surprised how affordable the new models are too, and the initial cost is only a small price to pay for the amount of savings made from conserving energy.

Boiling water tap

Overfilling kettles wastes £68 million a year in energy costs, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Although the research focused exclusively on households, businesses must take these findings as a warning. With large numbers of thirsty staff, the kettle is most likely being filled and boiled at an average of 20 times a day. Overfilling your kettle means that it takes longer to heat the water inside and requires more energy to do so.

We all know how long it takes for a full kettle to boil, and while you don’t want to sound like a slave driver, consider how much time is wasted if every one of your 20+ employees spends five minutes in eco2 (1)the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil.

Solve two problems in one by fitting a boiling water tap tank in your kitchen. This allows employees to instantly access boiling water for their beverages without wasting any time or energy.

Recycling

An overflowing bin is a common sight at the end of the day for most offices. Due to packaged sandwiches, drinks cans and plastic wrappers, our day-to-day working routines easily generate quite a lot of waste.

While there is not much you can do about the packaging that has already been created, you can act in an eco-efficient manner by disposing of it properly. Be responsible for your waste, don’t just put it all in the same bin and send it to the landfill. By setting up clear separate bins for different items, such as plastic, cans and paper, you can effortlessly recycle your waste, which will help to curb your carbon output in the long run.

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