How much energy does your business consume each week? Many companies have little knowledge of the vast quantity of electricity that they use, let alone the effect that their wasted paper, plastic and aluminium has on the environment.

By encouraging your management team and employees to get into good habits, your business could reduce its carbon emissions and become an all-round-environmentally-friendly place to work. The Project Lower team have put together a 5 Year Energy Saving Plan to help you become fully aware of key areas to save money while creating a sustainably green office.

We understand that beyond the simpler changes such as introducing recycling bins and ensuring all electrical appliances are switched off when possible, investing in improving your energy efficiency can be costly. Our infographic will provide you with the guidance you need to make the necessary changes while spreading expensive purchases out over the five year period.

5 Year Energy Saving Plan

How energy efficient has your
business been over the past year?

In the last decade, companies big and small throughout the UK have been utilising advancements in technology to help make their office environment eco-friendly.

42% of office workers believe the economic crisis has made it even more important to make the workplace sustainable.

61% would feel happier Smiley if their offices were more environmentally friendly.

If you think your office could do with
being a little greener, take a look at our
Energy Saving Plan to find out what you
should be looking to do in the next 5 years.

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Year 1

Notepad

Conduct an Energy Audit…

Taking note of the monthly bills and monitoring meter readings in order to determine the causes of any spikes in your energy consumption. This will give you the information you need to identify where you can make savings in the long term.

Eye

Observe Key Areas of Energy Usage…

Paying particular attention to where your business is losing money and draining energy unnecessarily.

People

Enlist a Team of Employees…

To help correlate your findings and create a long term plan to improve the energy efficiency of your office.

Pounds

Find out how much you are paying your current Energy Supplier…

And set yourself a target to reduce this amount over the next 12 months; this could be reached through negotiations with your current supplier, switching supplier or by introducing an energy saving strategy.

40%
of UK SMEs have not switched energy suppliers in the past 5 years.

Which means they could be paying more than they need to for their gas and electricity. arrow

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62%
of those who did change suppliers, did so to achieve a lower rate, even where their existing supplier had not announced a price increase.
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Year 2

PDF

Create a PDF
energy guide…

To be distributed throughout your business, outlining the impact your company is currently having on the environment. Details your eco-team’s key findings, highlighting the energy wasted during an average working week – for instance, a single computer left to function for 24 hours could cost a business up to £50 a year.

Light bulb

Start to alter habits within your office…

Introduce clearly labelled recycling bins, switch to energy efficient light bulbs & ensure that all computers are switched off at the end of each day.

T-shirt

Task each individual within your eco-team…

With a specific responsibility in order to make sure that these small changes begin to take place.

16% In 2013, industrial consumption accounted for 16% of total UK final consumption of energy products.
Target

Find out if you have reached your annual target to reduce your energy bill…

And set yourself a new target to achieve over the following 12 months. If your energy saving strategy had had little to no effect on your bill, consider shopping around for a new supplier.

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Year 3

Plug

Update your appliances…

With energy efficient alternatives; this should be an ongoing process as individual appliances require upgrading.

Cloud

Swap bulky filing cabinets for cloud storage…

Making everything on your server accessible from wherever you are; all you will need is a compatible device and a password.

Cup

Encourage employees to share…

The small things such as making tea and coffee in rounds rather than boiling the kettle and wasting energy numerous times throughout the day for single cups.

Energy bolt

Electricity and gas combined accounted for the following percentages of industrial energy:

18%
1970
57%
1990
68%
2013
Target

Find out if you have reached your annual target to reduce your energy bill…

And set yourself a new target to lower this further over the following 12 months. Compare your bill from two years ago to your latest bill and if there are substantial savings, consider publishing this in a report to your employees to illustrate the impact their efforts are having on the business.

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Year 4

Hand wave

Install motion sensitive lights…

In rooms such as bathrooms and meeting rooms. This will ensure that as little energy as possible is wasted.

Tablet computer

Distribute reports on tablets and sharing platforms…

To take your next step to becoming a paperless office. Introduce tablets and e-readers into your office or use Dropbox and similar media sharing platforms to ensure your content is seen by the relevant people in a far more time and energy efficient manner.

Data

Start collecting data…

To demonstrate the positive effects your business’ eco-conscious efforts have had, both financially and environmentally. Task your eco-team to survey employees to acquire feedback regarding your energy strategy.

19%
of energy consumed per year in the US is from industrial or non-domestic buildings.
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50%
of this energy is used solely to light and heat buildings.
Target

Find out if you have reached your annual target to reduce your energy bill…

And set yourself a new target to lower this further over the following 12 months.

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Year 5

House

Encourage flexible working…

Within your workforce, suggesting that employees work from home at least one day a week. Employees should use the Cloud, Dropbox and video conferencing to enable them to work remotely.

Bicycle

Move energy saving beyond the confines of the office…

With incentivised schemes. Offer to subsidise the petrol costs of employees who car pool on their way to work and ensure that your workforce are aware of initiatives such as ‘Bike 2 Work’ Cycling and walking to work are both great ways to burn calories and reduce carbon emissions - one 30 minutes walk can burn up to 130 calories.

Pencil

Introduce digital paper to the workspace…

Technology companies including Paper Logic and Sony have already introduced products onto the market that are designed for the office environment as an alternative to paper.

Thumbs up

Collate the findings of your survey…

Completed in Year 4, add your latest energy bill to this and distribute a PDF report amongst your employees to inform them of the impact their efforts have had on the business and the environment.

This year, companies have saved an average of £750 by switching to Project Lower.

Call us to see how much you could save on
0161 2745573

By taking simple measures such as conducting an energy audit and keeping track of usage, your business can save money and reduce the impact it has on the environment.

Take your first steps to saving money on energy with Project Lower. We provide the valuable knowledge and supplier connections that ensure our clients receive the best prices possible for their energy. Discover more about what Project Lower covers and how we can help your business reduce its energy outgoings.

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