We are energy comparison experts. In this blog we’ll look at why creating an eco-team is the perfect way for a business to become environmentally friendly and save money.
But to begin, let’s look at what an eco-team actually is:
What is an eco-team?
In layman’s terms and speaking in a commercial sense, an eco-team is a group of employees who come together to form an initiative or ‘energy drive’, with the goal of improving a company’s ‘green’ credentials and energy efficiency.
Many smaller companies have no internal structure set up when it comes to looking after things like energy – an eco-team is a great way of giving responsibility to a select few who want to make a difference.
How many people should be in an eco-team?
The team should include as many individuals as you feel it needs in order to be successful.
It’s more important to enlist passionate employees who will be committed to the future of the business – each individual could be tasked with their own responsibilities and should report back to the team on their results and findings.
What should its goals be?
After highlighting issues in a comprehensive audit, aims should be to reduce the amount of energy used, as well as the amount of waste created in the workplace. In most cases goals include:
- The implementation of new workplace initiatives
- Saving the business money
You might decide to draw up more specific goals depending on the nature of your work. They might be:
- Increasing the number of drivers who share lifts or ‘car-pool’
- Completing an assessment on things like insulation and double glazing
- Assessing any other factors that are costing more than necessary
What steps could the eco-team take?
At Project Lower we have looked at what SMEs could do in the past – the eco-team might look at:
- Creating energy saving checklists
- Looking for better energy deals
- Increasing employee awareness on energy efficiency
How do you measure success?
This depends on the steps taken and the goals set. Quick ‘green wins’ are easy to achieve, especially things like introducing recycling, and encouraging staff to turn of computers when they’re not at their desk (a single computer can cost up to £50 a year if left on for 24 hours).
Longer term goals will require more intuitive monitoring, with financial records needing to be reviewed at the end of the financial month or year – for example, reviewing results following a switch to another energy tariff.
Take a look our energy saving checklist for more information.
Keep an eye on the Project Lower blog for more on how your company eco-team could save your business money.
If you want to know more, just send us an email or call 0330 333 4106 and our energy comparison experts will be happy to help.
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