Is there any better time to consider going green than spring, when after a period of snow-covered hibernation, we are reminded about all the beauty of our natural environment?
The media seems to have taken this point to heart in recent weeks, with the negative impact of plastic bottles and packaging waste grabbing headlines and shaming our supermarkets in the process.
It isn’t only supermarkets who need to consider business sustainability as we continue into 2018, however. Climate change and environmental friendliness are ever-growing concerns for companies both large and small, as we wake up to the fact that a greener economy is a direct route towards better business.
It goes to follow, therefore, that the impact of business operations on the environment must be a key consideration for all company owners in their focus on healthy growth.
To prove that environmental considerations aren’t as time-consuming or challenging as many believe, I have set out some surprisingly quick and simple tips that will not only help your business become a better friend to the environment, but could save hard-earned money in the process.
If you want to cut your stationery budget as well as your environmental impact, a good place to start is how you communicate. Consider sending emails instead of letters, think before you print, replace the photocopier with a scanner – and don’t forget to recycle.
The environmental charity WWF believe that paper reductions of 20% are possible in most offices…will yours accept the challenge?
Switch to LED lighting
Reduce your energy bills and make significant savings by simply replacing old lighting with new efficient LED lighting.
Not only does an LED light last much longer and will typically use 90% less energy than a halogen bulb, if the new lighting meets relevant standards, your new lighting could even qualify for 100% enhanced capital allowances.
With the welcome introduction of spring sunshine, it’s time to work that thermostat! Turning the heat down by just one degree will make little difference in a typical office, particularly at this time of year, yet this is another effective way to reduce your energy bills and befriend the environment.
Insulate your office
Spring is a good time to ensure your doors, windows and roofs are properly insulated in time for winter rolling round again. This will reduce the need to turn your heating up, and if you also open the windows instead of automatically switching on the air conditioning in summer, you could see a marked reduction in your energy costs.
Replace your fleet with ultra-low emission vehicles
You’ll be at the cutting edge of eco-technology, something that is bound to impress your customers! In addition, energy efficient vehicles could result in lower P11D benefits for employees, and could qualify for 100% first year allowance.
Implementing the above tips will help reduce your company’s carbon footprint, ensuring a greener business this spring and beyond. As a welcome reward, you’ll be treated to a reduction in your operational costs, as well as a possible acceleration of any tax relief your business may be entitled to.
To find out more about the business benefits of going green, and to assist you with your future planning, why not contact our expert business advisers at Rickard Luckin for a friendly and free initial consultation?