Ways to save energy in the workplace14th February 2014
As part of the Carbon Trust's findings about energy usage in the workplace, the report details the biggest opportunities to change workplace behaviour to deliver annual cost and carbon savings.
If business air travel was reduced by just five per cent, a huge saving of £128 million would be accrued, as well as 1.5 million tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e).
Lowering the amount of lighting by ten per cent would enable £55 million less to be spent on this and 164,000 fewer tonnes of CO2e.
Being cautious over using small appliances, such as microwaves and kettles, when making food or drink and watching how frequently photocopiers are used could make a noticeable difference. Lowering the utilisation of such electronic devices by ten per cent would result in a saving of £39 million and nearly 200,000 tonnes of CO2e.
In addition, employees can be empowered to make sustainable choices outside of work to lower their energy consumption.
If UK workers were to avoid commuting by car for just one day a week – either by car-sharing or using public transport – this would also help reduce carbon dioxide levels and save energy.
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