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5 tips for running a greener business

For many businesses, it’s more than enough to be focussed on productivity and profitability without energy management to worry about. However, by making the effort to reduce energy consumption, companies can enjoy long-term efficiency and prosperity, so it’s an increasingly important aspect in all sectors. Read our five tips for running a greener business.

Invest

Allocate a portion of the company’s budget for energy-saving projects, taking into account payback criteria and forecasted increases in energy prices.

Manage energy at all levels

From the boardroom to the shop floor, energy efficiency should be promoted, managed and practiced at every level of a business:

Executive

Support from company executives is crucial to a successful energy-efficiency programme. Having a board member with responsibility for energy means that key performance indicators (KPIs) can be linked to business performance.

Company

A company-wide energy policy means an official energy reduction plan and scheme of improvement projects can be implemented. Larger companies should consider following the ISO 50001:2011 energy management system standard. Not only does this promote good practice in establishing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, it’s a great way to boost the business’s reputation as an environmentally responsible organisation.

Site

Appoint a person on each site to assume responsibility for energy management, who should be capable of motivating staff to get involved with energy saving. Other duties should include organising energy audits and regular site energy walks, with the latter designed to identify potential energy-saving opportunities.

Review technology

Keep abreast of the latest energy-saving technology by seeking out best practice in your business sector. Communicate regularly with your equipment supplier to ensure electric motors, variable-speed drives and HVAC systems are providing a significant level of energy efficiency and consider upgrading where necessary.

Track legislation changes

Keep on top of your legal obligations when it comes to energy efficiency. For example, from 5 December 2015, the government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) decrees that large businesses will have to carry out compulsory energy audits or risk a fine of up to £50,000. Read more on ESOS here.

Monitor energy usage

By observing and recording energy usage, you can monitor the performance of your equipment and identify a reduction in efficiency. For isolated sites, remote monitoring is an invaluable tool.

Gibbons’ Green Efficiency division supplies products and services designed to reduce our clients’ energy consumption and help them save money on their application. Give us a call on 01621 868138 or email info@gibbonsgroup.co.uk for more information. 

HVAC Services, Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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