As a business owner it is your responsibility to ensure that you are doing everything you can to be more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Not only can this help you to save money in the long run, but can also help to attract more clients due to your ethical and green outlook. Here are a few changes that you can start implementing in your business.
Install A Biomass Boiler
Biomass boilers are a great way to reduce your heating bills, as instead of using standard fossil fuels they are powered by renewable energy sources which are formed from living or recently living organisms. Not only is this a much cheaper option to heat your business and provide you with hot water, but you will also be eligible for the government RHI scheme. This scheme means that you could receive money from the government every three months which is spread over 20 years. The amount you receive will be dependent on a number of factors including how much energy the boiler can produce and how much energy you actually use. Since its introduction over 1,421 boilers have been installed and approved under the RHI, showing that over 905 of all renewable heat installations are supported.
Biomass is considered to be carbon neutral as during the burning process, the materials release the same amount of carbon dioxide that they absorbed whilst they were growing. Air Plants Heating provide a range of quality biomass boilers within a number of different specifications.
Switch To LED Lighting
You wouldn’t think it, but switching from traditional lighting to LED bulbs can save you a substantial amount in your energy bills. As well as this, LED bulbs last much longer than florescent lights which means you don’t need to spend as much replacing them. Not only can they save you money, they also have a much better effect on the environment.
They can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60%, as well as being 100% recyclable, unlike florescent lights that contain mercury and tri-phosphor gases. As they produce very little heat compared to many other lights, you can reduce the use of your air conditioning, which in turn can save you money.
Encourage Car Sharing
Car sharing is a great way to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, as rather than two of three people traveling to work from the same area and each producing their own carbon emissions, this will be reduced by them all traveling together and only one of the cars producing this. This has many advantages for you as a business as well as many environmental benefits.
There will be less traffic and congestion around the area – especially important as traffic jams cost the UK economy £5 billion every year in lost productivity down to employee lateness or absence.
If you have limited parking at your workplace, then employees won’t have to park further out. As well as your employees being able to save on their fuel bills, they can also build stronger relationships with each other which can be great for team building.
As there are 38 million empty car seats on the UK’s roads every rush hour, you could help to reduce this number. Congestion and pollution would be reduced by 10% and traffic jams by 20% if only half of UK motorists received a lift one day a week.
By making these changes within your business you can not only cut your costs, but you could also have an influence over those interested in being more environmentally friendly to use your services or purchase your products as they like to be associated with those doing their bit for the environment.
This post was written by Ekta Mair for Air Plants Heating who specialise in industrial heating solutions.