Business owners failing to make their offices Eco-friendly

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Business owners failing to make their offices Eco-friendly

Nearly half of business owners spend over £1,000 on energy each month, with some spending over £2,000, but they are failing to take the necessary steps into making their offices Eco-friendly. Worryingly, 21% of business owners don’t even know how much they spend on gas and electric each month.

New research conducted by saving experts for businesses, ‘Make it Cheaper’, has found that many business owners aren’t capitalising on the opportunities that are available to reduce their energy emissions and thereby save on costs.

With banks of computers whirring away, strip-lights radiating energy and air conditioners working on overtime, a typical UK office uses a very large amount of energy each and every day. Whilst a good proportion of these appliances are necessary, the energy emissions created affect both the environment and also the business bank balance.

Interestingly, almost 31% of UK business owners have said that their office doesn’t take additional measures to make their space Eco-friendly. A further 18% say they don’t consider energy efficiency when purchasing new equipment for their office.

So what are business owners doing to better control their output and thereby make their offices Eco-friendly?

Cost V. energy

Interestingly, when asking employees, 67% said that their employers don’t take Eco-friendly measures within the workplace, and 16% have said that their offices don’t consider how energy efficient the equipment is when purchasing it.

To help business owners become more Eco-friendly, money saving specialists ‘Make it Cheaper’ have created an on-line hub filled with workplace related energy saving help and advice, including top tips for both employers and employees on how to reduce energy consumption.

Some business owners have already implemented these measures; replacing normal bulbs with energy saving light bulbs, installing light sensors in communal areas, and ensuring windows are closed when the heating/air conditioning is switched on.

The most popular Eco-options applied within the office

  • Windows are closed when air conditioning/heating is switched on (47%)
  • Energy saving light bulbs (46%)
  • Light sensors (37%)
  • Smart meters (29%)
  • Remote heating controls (28%)

Changing energy supplier is another way to save on energy costs. Despite this, just 13% of business owners have never changed their energy provider, and only 7% have switched supplier in the last year.

Of the reasons business owners don’t change energy suppliers, the main concerns were cited as:

  • It isn’t worth my time” (44%)
  • We will face exit fees with current supplier” (37%)
  • It takes a lot of time and effort” (36%)

Head of energy insight at ‘Make it Cheaper’, Nick Heath says,

There is a common misconception that changing energy suppliers for your business is an arduous task, yet it couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting a quote is quick and simple; you just need your current meter reading and a few personal details. Also, many suppliers don’t issue exit fees, and for those that do, the savings made by switching usually outweighs the charge.

‘As well as exploring the option of different energy providers, there are many steps business owners can take to help create an energy efficient workplace too. Conducting energy audits, switching to LED bulbs, and rewarding Eco-friendly staff are just some of the ways to help promote green culture in the office.”

So, if you’re considering a career as a self-employed bookkeeper, it’s worth considering the above!

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