If you are trying to make your business greener and more sustainable then energy may be one of the best places to start. Energy here refers to the power that your business uses in your workplace, manufacturing plant, retail unit or to transport your goods or services to your consumers. There are lots of ways that you, as a business owner or manager, can start to reduce your energy use. You are also in a powerful position as a consumer of energy – you can choose a green energy supplier that uses all (or almost all) renewable energy.
Where To Start?
The energy rating of your building will have a big impact, newer buildings have higher standards for energy conservation than older ones. Near zero energy buildings may also produce renewable energy for use by the building occupants. However, even if your business is in older buildings, improved energy efficiency is possible with better insulation, or other retro-fitting projects. Making your business act more sustainably by reducing energy usage can mean that your business saves money too. Therefore, it’s often easy to make the business case for this sort of initiative and win over any sceptics to your sustainability strategy.
You’ll find lots of resources related to energy and sustainability here to help you decide which steps to take next to make your business greener.
The EPA’s Tree tool for resource efficiency for SMEs is a simple questionnaire to help you understand the current state of resource efficiency in your business. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, as they say!...
SEAI - the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland can assist your small or medium business with grants and supports to help renovate your business premises. You will reduce your bills in the long run as well as becoming more energy efficient and saving the planet's...
Utility Fair’s simple service compares providers so you can switch your business to renewable electricity without the hassle. Take the first step today to a more sustainable business. https://www.utilityfair.ie/business-electricity
Step 1 - Switch to renewable electricity The easiest change you can make might take not much more than a phone call to set up. By changing your electricity to a renewable energy provider you can reduce your footprint by a huge amount. Providers such as Energia, SSE...