It’s more important than ever that businesses aim to reduce their carbon footprint but doing so provides more than just benefits for the environment. Boosting your business’ green credentials can help to improve your reputation, attract new customers and lower your utility costs. These are a few ways that businesses can prioritise sustainability for the future, while also enjoying advantages along the way.
Tackle Energy Consumption
First and foremost, reducing the energy consumption of your business is essential to making environmental and financial savings. Buildings use vast quantities of energy which, when reliant on fossil fuels, releases carbon emissions. Small steps can make a big difference over time, especially if you’re running larger commercial premises, building up to make considerable dents in your business’ energy demands.
Office equipment is one area where you can switch outdated appliances for energy-efficient alternatives that will utilise energy-saving modes when not in use. You can also turn off heating and cooling systems in rooms when they’re not in use and install motion-sensors for lights with energy-efficient lightbulbs, so they’re only switched on when needed. There are also interesting options to reduce consumption like solar shading. There are products that can go over windows to reduce the amount of solar heat gain in the summer and cut the use of air conditioning by large amounts.
Source Energy from a Green Supplier
Running a business is expensive and managing the operational costs of your premises is one of the biggest challenges a company faces, not just financial but also from an eco perspective. Finding ways to reduce your expenditure when it comes to utilities, while also helping the planet, is a win-win situation and enables you to funnel more money back into your business.
Sourcing deals through a commercial energy consultant will ensure you get your energy at the right price, with a contract that’s tailored to your premises to save time, money and improve energy efficiency long-term. They’ll have access to the whole utilities market, helping you source renewable solutions for your business too.
Support Green Commuting
Commuting contributes significantly to your business’ overall carbon footprint, and as your company grows and you hire more staff, the impact will grow with it. So, by encouraging staff to think green when it comes to their daily commute, you can tackle your environmental impact while also providing incentives and perks for your employees.
For example, bike to work schemes have proven popular for businesses in the past, taking advantage of a tax exemption to loan bikes and equipment to staff as a tax-free benefit. Or you could encourage car sharing which builds relationships within teams and also helps the planet by reducing the number of vehicles on the road each day.
Install EV Charging Points
Electrical vehicle incentives are cropping up around the world, and the UK’s no exception. Businesses that want to thrive in an increasingly electric environment need to have the infrastructure in place to support employees, customers and clients.
Having EV charging points on your commercial premises not only fosters loyalty from customers and staff, but it also puts your business on the map to boost traffic and maximises your energy resilience as the trend steadily tips in favour of renewables and eco-friendly alternatives. EV charging stations can even be utilised as an additional revenue stream, encouraging customers to stay on your premises longer and as a way of selling electricity to EV owners.
Businesses in virtually all sectors and industries can benefit from commercial solar panels, and there are various ways to reap the rewards. Not only do solar PV systems help your business to cut costs but they also reduce your carbon footprint, future-proof your business’ energy supply, offer protection against fluctuating energy prices, and improve your brand reputation through Corporate Social Responsibility.
Since most businesses are active during the day, when solar panels will produce the most energy, this form of renewable energy makes excellent commercial sense. Energy-intensive industries, in particular, such as manufacturing firms, will benefit considerably from making the switch to solar power.
Sustainability is no longer a nice to have – it’s a necessity for customers and employees alike. Employers need to address the need for greener alternatives sooner rather than later. But, in doing so, they’re likely to see a wealth of benefits, from improved reputation and public image to customer and staff acquisition, brand loyalty and a reduction in utility expenditure, all while doing more for the environment.