Energy Use and Waste Reduction

Reducing Energy Use

Becoming more energy efficient as a business makes sound commercial and environmental sense. Here are some fairly simple actions that organisations can take to reduce their energy usage:

  • Use energy saving lighting
  • Make maximum use of daylight and always switch off the lights at the end of the day
  • Avoid using plastic cups and disposable products where you can
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Ensure your electrical equipment is Energy Star compliant
  • Don’t have the air conditioning on at the same time as the heating!
  • Ensure monitors, PCs, photocopiers and printers are switched off at night
  • Enable power saving features on your computer monitor if you are not typing (rather than a

  screen-saver, which saves your screen but not your energy!)

For more information on reducing energy consumption in your business please visit The Carbon Trust.

Reducing Waste

WRAP estimates that waste can cost a business up to 4% of revenue, so by reducing the amount of waste in your business you can have a positive impact on the bottom line. WRAP is a government funded organisation that helps businesses strip out waste from their business processes, comply with relevant environmental legislation and enhance CSR strategies.

For more information please visit the WRAP website.

WRAP has also developed a Business Resource Efficiency Hub which focuses specifically on how resource efficiency can both cut waste and save money.

Another useful resource on this topic is the Environment Agency website which provides advice on all aspects of waste reduction and business sustainability. It has a useful Resource Efficiency Tool.



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