As the colder months approach and the clocks get turned back business owners are likely to see their energy costs soar. It’s also at this time of year many firms pull together their budgets and financial plans for the coming year and we can’t imagine many would presume their heating and lighting costs will not rise. And what’s more nPower’s Business Energy Index reveals 48% of SMEs estimate their energy costs to be over 25% of overall business costs.
For this article, we look at how businesses, specifically football clubs ‘tackle’ their energy costs and the wider issue of sustainability. Read on to see how some clubs are using technology to counter these issues; we hope this ‘curve-ball’ approach may inspire you to think differently and perhaps even improve your own workplace enviro-credentials. So let’s ‘kick off’…
Lights, Heat, Water.
If these stories have whetted your appetite, why not instigate an ‘Eco Team,’ within your organisation? Spread the word by distributing eco-friendly promotional items such as a pens made from recycled water bottles or pencils manufactured from recycled denim or cd cases.
Why not share these innovative ideas, over lunch perhaps, and set brains whirring to uncover further creative green-ideas. You could set an eco-challenge to cut energy consumption across your business; distribute notepads, sticky-notes or mousemats printed with messages to remind your team to turn off lights, PCs and printers in the evening and especially over the weekend.
And finally, a quick thought for extra-time, if your organisation has several departments you could challenge them to compete against each other to come up with ideas that could be implemented throughout the whole organisation; and, of course, be sure to crown the overall winners Eco-Champions!
Whatever the size of your organisation, an eco-challenge should not only motivate your team but it could also save the organisation money that could be recycled back into the business.
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