Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Create an energy efficient work culture

Promote sustainability in the work place

Saving energy will require your employees to take on some of the responsibility. So it's important to consult them and get their buy-in before changing your practices.

Energy-saving measures that are difficult, inconvenient or impractical to implement are likely to be ignored or withdrawn. This will undermine any future attempts to reduce energy use.

You might want to consider appointing an energy champion who is in charge of finding new ways of cutting the amount of power you use. Their responsibilities could include:

  • reporting any energy waste they notice - eg equipment left on unnecessarily
  • ensuring equipment and machinery are well-maintained and working efficiently
  • contributing and gathering ideas for improving the way things are done
  • testing and implementing processes that are found to be more efficient
  • communicating good practice and improvements.

Carbon Trust: Employee awareness

Remember to bear in mind any health and safety issues before you implement any changes. For example, could reducing lighting in an area of your premises make it difficult for your employees to move around safely?

Zero Waste Scotland has produced a series of free, online training modules for SMEs. The training will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to put in place effective resource efficiency measures in your business. They deal with energy, waste and water efficiency. You can work through them at your own speed, choosing the modules that are relevant to your business.

ZWS: Green Champions Training

Further information

Carbon Trust: Energy management

Resorce Effcicient Scotland: 101 Easy ways to cut your energy bill

In this Guideline

Simple ways to save energy

How to monitor your energy use

Create an energy efficient work culture

Energy efficiency tips for different types of business

Financing loans and tax incentives for energy efficient equipment

Energy efficiency: sources of advice and financial help

Checklist: Using energy efficiently

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