20 Dec 2010 03:12:21
The Carbon Trust Christmas list
UK businesses could save a packet with a few simple energy saving tips over Christmas.
Turning off non-essential kit will give the biggest boost to your bottom line. We estimate that UK businesses miss out on the opportunity to save around £9 million over the festive period by not switching the button to "off", and pump over 50,000 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every day as a result.
For more tips to save money and carbon over Christmas, take a look through our Christmas list.
Reduce heating over the festive holidays if staff are on leave. Reduce the thermostat to a level which just provides frost protection.
Turn off all Christmas lights and non-essential lighting out of hours and install timers. Lighting an average small office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1,000 cups of coffee.
If you're a big business then you can make dramatic carbon and cost savings with a carbon management strategy. Heinz saved 17,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide over four years as a result of involvement in the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme. Read Heinz case study (available for download).
Many offices close over Christmas. Always switch monitors off when not in use as they can account for almost half of a computer's energy use. Failing to turn a single computer off overnight could cost around £50 per year. Photocopiers should also be turned off when the office is closed. In factories, ensure motors, pumps and air compressors are safely turned off.
Huge costs are generated by heating during winter and 25 per cent of a building's heat will escape via an un-insulated roof. Roof insulation is inexpensive and easy to install.
Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs last eight times longer than tungsten and use 20-25 per cent of the energy.
If you want to make money as well as save it then explore how you can join the green growth boom and profit from the move to a low carbon economy.
The government's figures put the value of this new market at over £100 billion and it is set to be one of the fastest growing sectors in in the next 5 years.
You can make a start by looking at your existing products. Smart companies are already looking to capitalise on growing demand for green products and to minimise regulatory risks by measuring and reducing the carbon in their supply chain. Or maybe you’ve got a great business idea that could revolutionise the way we use, store or generate energy? Now is the time to put green business plans into action.