Half of All Businesses Spend £1,000 A Month On Energy, As Workers Wish Employers Would Go Green
31% of entrepreneurs say that their office doesn’t take any extra steps in making their business eco-friendly
49% of UK small business owners spend a £1,000 or more on energy every month, according to a report by Make it Cheaper.
The survey into the eco-habits of entrepreneurs revealed that 31% say that their office doesn’t take any extra steps in making their business more environmentally friendly, while 18% don’t consider how energy efficient equipment is when they buy it.
When employees were asked about their bosses commitment to the environment, its revealed that bosses may even be less green than they think, as 67% of small business employees say their bosses take no extra steps to ensure they consume less energy.
On the occasions when businesses are proactive about the environment, the most popular measures taken are closing windows when the heating is on (47%), using energy saving light bulbs (46%), introducing light sensors (37%), using smart meters (29%) and using remote heating controls (28%).
Nick Heath, head of energy insight at Make it Cheaper, said:
”There is a common misconception that changing energy suppliers for your business is an arduous task, yet it couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting a quote is quick and simple, you just need your current meter reading and a few personal details. Also, many suppliers don’t issue exit fees, and for those that do, the savings made by switching usually outweighs the charge.
“As well as exploring the option of different energy providers, there are many steps business owners can take to help create an energy efficient workplace too. Conducting energy audits, switching to LED bulbs, and rewarding eco-friendly staff are just some of the ways to help promote green culture in the office.”
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