Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This can significantly reduce your energy bills and can be achieved by:
All are more easily fitted during construction work or during a refurbishment. If you are planning refurbishment or improvements in a listed building, or if you are in a conservation area, certain methods may not be allowed. Check with your local council when you draw up plans.
Most new electrical appliances are now required to have an energy rating - use this to choose A rated or above.
Lights – consider LED lighting and for areas that are not in constant use fit PIR sensors or daylight sensors that automatically switch off lights when no-one is around or when light levels are already high.
Select heating that does not involve fossil fuels if possible .
Consider a combination of the above technologies.
See the section on funding and support at the start of this guideline.
If you are a business then you can use the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme which allows you to offset the cost of energy efficient equipment against tax. The scheme only applies to equipment that has been approved and shown to be low energy.
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.
Guidance - Noise and vibration management: environmental permits, Guidance - Noise and vibration management: environmental permits
Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland – Synopsis of Responses, Public responses to the Discussion Document: Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance
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