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Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

This was written by Tom Clark writing on behalf of  http://www.gomobilize.co.uk/.

It is becoming common knowledge that companies that are aware of what makes a ‘sustainable business’ are becoming more popular with existing customers as well as prospective customers. This awareness, although positive, forward-thinking and admirable, is often not executed with any conviction and is more an encouraging label than a reality.

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The key to making this label a reality is finding ways to implement techniques that will reduce the company’s carbon footprint whilst not negatively affecting the business.  With all this in mind I introduce 6 ways to reduce your company’s carbon footprint and make it a more sustainable business.

What is Your Current Carbon Consumption?

You can hire a professional to calculate your emissions or get the manager to make this conscious effort over the course of one day. Once you have an idea about your carbon consumption you can begin to move forwards. By understanding the present number of greenhouse gases generated you can make a progressive strategy that will work for you.

Simple Steps towards Reducing the Carbon Footprint

There are many simple steps you can take towards this long-term goal, including closing windows, knowing when to use the central heating, and using fluorescent light bulbs instead of the incandescent ones. Using these energy saving bulbs also saves you money, could there be any more incentive to use them?

Turning off Electrical Devices

If you can make it a habit to turn off devices when you are not using them it will have a big impact over time. Even better, inspire your workmates to do the same and the behavior manifests until it is a habit and becomes normal.  Try turning off your monitor when you go to lunch instead of letting it eventually go onto a screensaver. At the end of the day make sure to turn switches off at the wall for your various devices such as the kettle, microwave and of course switch all the lights out. Quite often people have a misconception about standby mode; this still uses energy and it is not a great deal of effort to press switches and unplug at the wall instead. If you monitor the difference on your electricity bill on a month-on-month basis you may get a surprise once you have implemented this simple technique.

Fresh Fruit and Veg

One of the harder techniques to implement is the idea of promoting healthy eating in the office and the presence of fresh fruit and vegetables. It is becoming increasingly popular in offices with many companies even using it as a selling point in recruitment situations. The benefits here are the increased natural energy levels, resulting in higher natural output and less use of the kettle!

Working from Home

It can be a hard one for bosses to come to terms with, but allowing your employees to work at home when necessary is a great way to reduce emissions. With the increasingly wide and efficient variety of ways for a team to communicate remotely, it is worth considering. It is also popular with the employees and can replace conventional monthly special days such as casual dress code day.

Track Your Progress

It is a process just like making your lifestyle healthier, it has to be checked up on until lit is a habit, the way in which you function out of choice. By monitoring and reporting to the team on a monthly basis, you will get an idea of how well you are doing and your team will feel motivated by the results. Consider incentivising the process with an extra work at home day awarded to the most actively engaged team member. However, remember that the process has to work for you in the long run and eventually passively work for the business.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – In Five Simple Steps

This was written by Dan Whiteside of http://diynewbie.org/.

Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? If so, why not go green and do your bit for the environment? Eco-living is easier than you may think and could do wonders for your bank balance.

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Here are five useful tips:

According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a family of four could save over half a tonne of carbon monoxide and £420 on energy bills every year – just by saving water. A few simple measures and behaviour changes could make a big difference, so it’s definitely worth cutting back on the amount of water you use.

Arrange a boiler service

Did you know that boilers account for around 60 per cent of what you spend on a year on energy bills? That’s right; they use an enormous amount of electricity, so it’s important to arrange a boiler service with a reputable company every year. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will make sure everything’s working properly and will prevent you from spending money unnecessarily.

If you can, replace your old boiler with an A-rated, high-efficiency condensing boiler. These recover more heat and send cooler gases up the flue – helping to significantly cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions. Condensing boilers should also reduce your outgoings by as much as £300 a year, so they’re worth the money.

Use energy-efficient light bulbs

Believe it or not, energy-efficient light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs. They convert energy to light with ease and could save you a lot of money in the long-run – so nip to your nearest home store. Look for compact fluorescent bulbs or 6W LEDs and throw all your old bulbs away. Lighting accounts for around eight per cent of a typical household’s bills, so it’s worth making this change.

Buy the right products

One of the best ways to save energy and money is to buy Energy Saving Trust Recommended products. These products have to meet strict energy performance criteria and will ensure you’re not throwing money down the drain, so look out for the EST label. Everything from loft insulation to fridge freezers can be found online and will help you improve the energy-efficiency rating of your home.

Going green is easier than you may think, so it’s worth giving it a go.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

This guest post is by GR8Fires of http://www.gr8fires.co.uk/.

Cutting your carbon emissions need not be expensive or difficult. Some little tweaks to your routine can make all the difference.

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Monitoring Emissions

  • Begin by finding out your footprint and gain an understanding of what activities produces the most emissions.
  • Carbon calculators like the WWF Footprint Calculator can then help identify where you can make the most effective carbon savings.

Energy

  • Reduce your electricity consumption a little by washing clothes at lower temperatures and  switching off appliances instead of leaving them on standby.
  • Sites like AlertMe.com offer helpful products, including an iPhone App, that warn you if your energy consumption surges.

Water

  • Heating and using water is estimated to account for up to 25% of a UK household’s electricity consumption.
  • The simplest way to combat this is to swap baths for showers and to avoid taking long showers too often.

Solar Panels

Solar power is predicted to become a major source of energy. Fitting some panels is a great idea, as they pay for themselves in time, or better yet, you could get free panels (and free energy!) by signing up for ‘Rent-a-Roof’ schemes.

Heating

  • Carbon neutral loft insulation is easy to install and could help you make substantial savings on heating bills.
  • Alternative, eco-friendly heating also has added benefits. A rustic elegant Woodburning stove, for example, is much more stylish than an oil tank.

Carbon Offsetting

Travel

Your trip to work offers numerous carbon-cutting options, like cost-effective carpooling and initatives which reward you for taking your bike to work, like discounts in local bike shops.

Food and Drink

Cutting down on foods that have carbon-intensive production can also help you adopt a healthier diet. Most meats produce a lot of greenhouse gases, for example Lamb and Beef produce 39kg and 27kg for each kilogram eaten respectively.

Clothes

  • Buying second-hand clothes from charity shops not only helps the environment and your wallet but good causes as well.
  • Emerging labels like Continental Clothing promote awareness as they display the footprint of their clothes on the label and offer energy saving tips.

Greener Gardening

  • Ways to reduce your print in the garden include starting a compost heap and collecting rainwater in barrels to water plants in dry times.
  • Growing your own vegetables will not only help the environment, but the supply of delicious, fresh produce is rewarding in itself.

As you can see, practically every way of reducing your footprint comes with an added bonus, be it saving money or helping along your fitness regime and diet. So the only question surrounding reducing your footprint is – Why wouldn’t you?

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Think Green: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

When you buy your foods out of season, they need to be flown or shipped in – this adds to your carbon footprint. Instead, try to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as local finds from your area. Buying food and other products in reusable or recyclable packaging can reduce CO2 emissions by 230 pounds a year. Recycling all of your home's waste newsprint, cardboard, glass and metal can reduce emissions an additional 850 pounds a year. If a car gets 10 MPG more than an old one, CO3 emissions are reduced by 2,500 pounds a year.

Before you start offsetting your carbon footprint, you might want to calculate your carbon footprint here.

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