If you’ve taken the plunge and set up your own business, we’re guessing that you’ll be able to testify to how it can be a struggle juggling the day-to-day operation, your employees, finances and personal life.
You might feel like a professional plate spinner, but while you’re still walking the commercial tightrope, you’ll want to ensure you’re in the strongest financial position to achieve ongoing success.
One way to do this is to draw up a business energy policy for your business. Here are some ideas from the experts at Project Lower:
1. Set clear goals
During an initial review, you’ll need to understand your energy usage before outlining some achievable objectives to ensure you operate in a more sustainable way.
These goals will work towards you reducing spending on energy. You might want to consider the following:
- Reduction in energy usage or bills by 30 per cent (or an achievable equivalent)
- Introducing waste recycling procedures
- Setting organisational and cultural targets
Clear goals are easier to achieve. Take a look at our five-year energy saving plan for more ideas.
2. Organise set roles within the business
To ensure your environmental responsibility is a key focus within the business, it’s a great idea to consult staff and outline who is accountable for what, appointing people who will be committed to reducing your environmental impact.
These roles will also differ from department to department; with these people being responsible for helping colleagues better understand the concepts behind energy management.
Importantly, you should show strong leadership from the top down, and by doing so you will ensure your employees are enthused about your actions.
3. Invest in the right technology
Next up, it’s the importance of kitting yourself out with all the right energy conscious equipment for energy usage, management and communication.
There’s plenty out there these days, such as energy efficient LEDs and smart meters that are now widely available.
4. Get an energy efficiency loan
The Carbon Trust helps businesses with cost-saving energy strategies, ensuring organisations reduce costs and increase profits.
They also help through affordable loans and leases which are designed to lessen the financial burden of your energy efficiency drive.
5. Consider energy comparison
Investing time and effort on the above is one thing, but your efforts will be wasted if you are still on higher energy tariffs.
By switching energy providers and moving onto a cheaper rate, your efforts will be maximised and you’ll get the full benefit of your energy strategy.
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Energy efficiency should be a priority for small businesses, and being green won’t just be good for your finances; the image of your business will also receive a boost to prospective customers and business partners.
Make sure you are doing enough to prepare your business by speaking to our energy comparison experts today on 0330 333 4106.