For as much emphasis as there is these days on green behaviors and the environmental movement so far as personal consumption goes, there are just as many ways to make an impact from a business level as well, perhaps even more so! If you’re a manager of a business, or even have some say in overall operations, there’s a good chance that with a few basic changes in focus, a lot can get accomplished in this direction.
Consider the following five ways specifically that you can move your business matters in a greener direction, including using green construction companies, promoting green employee behavior, using green landscaping techniques, making energy use numbers transparent, and keeping up on environmental news and reviews.
Use Green Construction Companies
If your business is physically expanding, or perhaps there’s some need of major building or repair in or around your building, using construction companies with environmental certification is going to go a long way to doing your part for the green movement. There’s enough hard data these days about what types of construction materials, paint, equipment, and even building techniques that companies that are transparent about the fact that they want to operate in a sustainable and low-runoff manner can be found with a quick search.
Promote Green Employee Behavior
Within your company, you can promote green employee behavior in a number of ways as well. Having plenty of recycling bins around. Suggest that employees turn off lights in unused rooms. If there’s any sort of option between doing something an energy efficient was vs. doing it in a wasteful way, have some sort of public notices up to suggest the environmental way. You might even include green behavior as part of an employee of the month type of a concept.
Use Green Landscaping Techniques
There’s a huge amount of wasted resources and energy on certain types of landscaping. If there’s any way to plant grass, trees, shrubs and other living things that are native to an area, that require less water to keep up, or help with the local natural habitat, always lean toward those possibilities. Ideas can even including things like planting certain types of flowers that bees or birds are attracted to, for instance!
Make Energy Use Numbers Transparent
A big part of being green is just understand where waste occurs in the first place. This might be energy use, water use, gas or oil use, or wasted heating or cooling energy. The more you know about these numbers, the better you can adjust settings internally in order to find the best balance between comfort and environmentalism.
Keep Up On Environmental News and Reviews
And finally, as a business owner, if you read green headlines every once in awhile to see what is going on in the world at large, from new lighting systems, to more efficient cars, to lower-energy computers and monitors, you can use all of the information to update your own company structure as often as sensible.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”