With energy prices fairly affordable, it’s easy to think of energy efficiency as more of a luxury than a necessity. However, a growing number of businesses in all countries are prioritizing both energy efficient design and energy efficient behavior.
The reasons are simple. Although energy is currently affordable, there’s a possibility that it may not be so affordable in the future. There’s also an environmental side to the energy efficiency focus – it’s better, from an ethical perspective, to use less.
If your company has been resistant to the idea of making changes to become more energy efficient, you needn’t worry. Becoming energy efficient is often a process – a process that occurs with small, gradual changes over time.
Changing your company’s priorities is far from impossible, and in some cases it can be quite simple. In this guide, we’ll share five ways to encourage your company to be more energy efficient and reduce its environmental impact.
Turn energy efficiency into a friendly office competition
Friendly competition is the cause of success in many businesses, from sales – where sales competitions are a source of motivation – to the economy itself, where friendly competition between companies fuels innovation and change.
Try making your office more energy efficient by hosting a competition to see which of your team members can reduce their energy output the most, or to see who can implement the most energy-saving ideas into the office.
The competition needn’t be serious and the stakes needn’t be high. A friendly office competition is often all it takes to set long-term changes into place that produce an energy efficient, environmentally friendly work environment for your business.
Explain the productivity benefits of energy efficiency
One of the biggest components of energy efficiency is natural light. Natural lighting – particularly through daylighting systems – reduces your workplace’s energy usage by a significant amount.
It also has significant productivity benefits. Workplaces that are lit by the sun tend to be more productive, have healthier workers and have a greater level of employee satisfaction and comfort than their artificially lit counterparts.
This is a great reason for your company to become more energy efficient. If you’re searching for a reason to bring your company into the energy efficient 21st century, why not focus on its productive benefits?
Use other leading companies as an example for your own
From Wal-Mart to Apple, many of the world’s leading companies have made energy efficiency one of their top priorities. Their reasons are numerous, from cost savings to the ethical obligation to be greener, cleaner and more environmentally friendly.
A huge amount of business advice is built on the successes of large companies. From marketing advice to management strategies, your own business may depend on the systems developed by the world’s leading brands, executives and organizations.
Since their opinions and strategies on other aspects of business are so important, why not take their advice on energy efficiency seriously? Follow the leaders and create an energy efficient business – the benefits of doing so are numerous.
Take one step at a time towards an energy efficient workplace
It’s hard to transform your workplace overnight. It’s far easier, however, to make small steps towards becoming energy efficient and, over time, increase the size of each step.
Start by switching from artificial lighting to a combination of natural light and the artificial lighting your office has depended on. Move forward by installing skylights and other daylighting systems to increase the amount of natural light in your office.
Then, progress into energy efficient devices and equipment. Small, gradual steps are often the key to achieving energy efficiency, since changing your entire system in an instant simply isn’t possible for many businesses.