Growing Your Business
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5 simple ways to make your business greener
It shouldn’t need to be World Environment Day to promote greener business practices, but to not would be a missed opportunity to wake businesses up to the reality of climate change.
Research found that nearly a third of UK businesses (31%) aren’t taking measures to make their office space greener. The same study found that nearly half (49%) of business owners spend over £1,000 on energy a month, 7% spend over £2,000 each month and 21% have no idea how much they pay for their energy bills.
The fact is that going greener can cut your energy emissions and save you money. The common misconception is that being environmentally friendly is expensive – but it doesn’t need to be. Here are 5 ways you can help save the planet without breaking the bank:
In December last year it was announced that recycling rates in the England fell for the first time ever, dropping from 44.8% in 2014 to 43.9% in 2015. But why, when recycling at work is so easy to set up and manage? Information on what you can recycle, how much it will cost and how to go about it can be found on the Recycle Now website.
2. Travel green
The benefits of getting to and from work in a more eco-friendly way extend beyond just reducing emissions. Cycling will keep you fit, get you outdoors and save you money. Riding the bus will again save you money, but you’ll also be able to get back into reading. Lift share programmes are springing up all over the place nowadays. Meet new people riding with strangers or get to know your staff a little better by alternating driving days with a member of your team
3. Close, switch and change
Closing windows or doors when your air conditioning or heating is on will save you money. Switching off computers, lights or any other electronic device when they aren’t needed will save you money and cut down on the energy you’re using. Then, think about changing your lightbulbs to LED energy saving bulbs. Make sure to look out for the energy efficiency labels found on certified low emission products when you’re choosing your bulbs.
4. Get a smart meter
With a smart meter you can clearly see how much energy you’re using on your premises and how much it’s costing you. And what’s more, your energy supplier won’t charge you anything to install it.
5. Have an energy audit done
To really understand how your business could be better at saving energy, why not think about paying for an energy audit. Cracks and minor drafts in your work premises can account for 20% of your energy bill. That’s 20% of the money you pay each month evaporating into the street outside.
Doing our bit for the planet
XLN has always been fully committed to its environmental responsibilities.
And as we’ve grown, we’ve become increasingly conscious of what we can do to limit our carbon footprint. Encouraging 84,559 of our small business customers to switch to paperless XLN e-billing is just one way we’ve helped small businesses be greener.