Life in the modern age is impossible without the use of modern technology. Try as you might to unplug, your success in 2016 depends entirely on the technology around you. As with many things in life it’s not what you use, rather how you use it, that matters most.
There are many ways you can ensure that your business is doing its best to ensure that your business is doing its best to go green. These thing don’t just impact your carbon footprint, but they have a significant, direct impact on your bottom line too. If you’re ready to make 2016 greener than ever at your business, here are the top 5 ways you can ensure that your business is doing everything it can.
Turn it off if you’re not using it
One thing that almost business is guilty of is wasting energy. Leaving PCs on overnight, leaving monitors on when you’ve gone to lunch, and forgetting to turn the printer off at the end of the day all eats into your energy bill much quicker than you realise. Not only is leaving your office equipment running overnight a complete and utter waste of energy, it’s a waste of money. Want to keep the bills to a minimum? Turn it off if you’re not using it. You could also look into energy efficient peripherals and a great place to find them is here.
Put your foot down on your window/radiator policy
Another thing which is incredibly easy to do which will keep your bills down and the environment happy is examining your window radiator policy. In the middle of winter it can be a little cold outside, and people want to run the radiators – that’s understandable. However, if one person gets too hot and wants to crack the window, you’re not solving anything – you’re effectively throwing money out of the window. Tell your staff to compromise turn the radiator down and put a jumper on.
Switch to LED lighting
Traditional incandescent lighting is hideously inefficient. LED lighting has come a long way over the years, and the latest LED lighting is far more efficient than you might realise. By switching to LED lighting you can drop your energy usage by up to 90 per cent when it comes to your lighting, dropping your lighting bill by around 40 per cent along the way. While many people will jump on this just for the monetary savings (the bulbs pay for themselves within 6 months and the rest just helps the company coffers), the environmental savings are not to be sniffed at, with LED lighting producing significantly less CO2 than their incandescent friends.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
The environmental benefits of recycling are obvious. However, the financial benefits of doing so are often overlooked, leading to many businesses simply refusing to recycle anything. Simply put, recycling saves money. Why? Because products made from recycled materials are cheaper than products made from raw materials. If you want to buy cheaper office furniture, cheaper paper and cheaper stationary, recycle your waste materials so that your supplies can be made cheaper. What does around, comes around, as they say!
Reconsider your stance on working from home
Some professions will always require a physical presence – it’s hard to work as a bartender from home. On the other hand, given that we live in the age of information technology there is very little reason that many of us can’t work from home. IT specialises, web marketers and people in online sales could all feasibly work from home without causing any real disruption to the business. If you’re worried about how it will impact your employee’s ability to work as a team, why not offer all of your employees the option to work from home every Wednesday? Your employees will see it as a perk to working for you and you cut your heating, lighting and electricity bills by a fifth. On top of this, you reduce the business’ carbon footprint by cutting the carbon emissions of the weekly commute into the office by a fifth. If your business can feasibly manage like this, you’ve found a situation where everyone wins.
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.”
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