As part of a campaign looking at the workplace of the future, Managing Director of Love Energy Savings, Phil Foster, shares his top energy-saving tips for SMEs.
2020 targets proposed by the EU have already put pressure on governments and businesses alike to increase their use of renewable energy sources and to implement better energy efficiency measures.
With more ambitious targets being released for 2030, the need for businesses to justify their energy usage and to know where their energy is being sourced from will become even more important.
Future-proofing your business is no longer about investing in the newest computer system; it is all about energy-saving technology. Being able to increase energy efficiency will be one of the best long-term investments you can make for your business.
Start-ups should be aware that new regulations will come into force as a result of the EU targets and they may well place SMEs in hot water, with fines increasingly likely if they fail to comply.
Here are my top five measures:
1. Invest in lighting
LEDs (light emitting diodes) are seen by many to be one of the quickest ways to slash energy usage in the workplace. Compared to traditional light bulbs, LEDs produce less heat, which makes them far more effective and efficient. Installing LED lighting around your office could result in savings of over £30,000 and by reducing the amount of energy you use, you will also be working towards reducing your business’ carbon footprint.
2. Do you deliver?
If your business relies on transportation you will probably have been rejoicing at the plummeting oil prices but in the future this will not be the case. Oil prices may soon begin to rise again but exciting developments in the US are refining the biofuel production process which will make bio-fuels cheaper in the future. Electric vans are also now very affordable. Subsidies are now available from the government which could make going electric a bit more of an attractive proposition for your company.
3. Look to the sun
Solar power can help you to push your business to the next level. You may be surprised at how much energy your business can generate and you can even sell surplus to the National Grid! Renewable technology is advancing all the time so there has never have been a better time to invest. It is far cheaper to install solar panels nowadays and advances in technology have resulted in a dramatic improvement in the efficiency of this equipment. It doesn’t matter if your business property is small, medium or large; solar power is definitely a worthwhile investment.
4. Get smart
A plethora of smart sensors and meters are now available which will allow for easier monitoring of energy use and could reduce energy costs significantly for your business. By assessing each individual appliance and even cutting off your energy supply if there is a leak of some sort, these clever pieces of kit supply you with detailed analytics of your business’ gas and electricity usage. Massive brands in the US such as Walmart are already using devices like this so it is high time SMEs followed suit.
5. Don’t forget the basics
With all the talk of biofuels and solar panels it is easy to forget the basics. Recycling waste paper and turning off computers at the end of the day are still great ways to make sure your business is as green and clean as it can possibly be. While this seems old-school and not very futuristic, it is worthwhile to reiterate just how much the small changes can make a big difference. The future doesn’t always have to be shiny metal and hovercars. Sometimes the knowledge that the future will still be there is enough of an incentive.
The best way to future-proof your business is to make sure there is a future to protect.
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