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4th April 2023

Carbon Offset Guide: How Businesses Can Reduce Energy Usage

Steve Hill

Carbon Offsetting And Reducing Energy Consumption

Devices For Teams are very proud of our carbon offsetting service.

It is helping many businesses become greener, ensuring their future netzero compliance, and taking burdens off business owners’ plates.

Alongside helping our clients, it has put money into very special projects, such as the creation of more wind farms and clean, renewable energy in Brazil.

While we are delighted to be able to help communities, the environment, and our clients through this service, carbon offsetting isn’t the whole story of being green or reducing energy consumption in businesses.

There are many other changes that companies can make to become more environmentally friendly.

Reducing energy consumption in the first place, prior to having to offset, is an important step.

By reducing energy consumption, businesses reduce the amount of fossil fuels that are burnt and released into our atmosphere.

Reducing energy consumption is one way to tackle the problem of emissions at source rather than counterbalancing.

Why Will ALL Businesses Want To Reduce Their Energy Consumption?

Unlike some environmental policies, there are, in fact, several reasons why businesses will be keen to reduce energy consumption more than any other method of becoming greener.

It’s because being green is only a part of the equation.

In a world of soaring energy prices, and a squeeze on the cost of living, businesses want to save money where they can.

Reducing energy usage will save money and create sustainable offices at the same time.

So, we’ve established that energy reduction is a financial benefit to companies as well as a win for their environmental policy. Let’s walk through some of the easiest ways to reduce energy usage in your business operations.

Top Tips On Easy Energy Usage Reduction For Businesses

There are multitudes of small and big ways that can help businesses reduce their energy consumption to save money and be greener. Below are some of the simplest methods for energy reduction. Blog image with Lightbulb icon, Light switch icon and Paperless icon in bubbles

Swap To LED Lightbulbs

This is one of the most popular ways that businesses of all sizes are choosing to save on their energy bills.

LEDs are one of the first ports of call when it comes to transitioning to sustainable offices. Older bulb lighting can end up being as much as 35% of a business’s costs. In large offices, switching to LEDs can save up to as much as 90% on lighting bills.

Switching Off Devices and Lights

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often businesses heat and light totally empty rooms. A lot of it has to do with presentation to clients and visitors. A well-lit office seems big, airy, and impressive. Yet leaving on all those lights and idling computers when you step out to lunch is driving up your energy bill. Encourage all staff to get into the practice of switching off lights and electronic devices.

Switch Energy Supplier

It is tedious to always be looking for new suppliers, but an unfortunate truth is that new customers usually get the best deals from energy companies. If your bills keep spiraling unfairly up, it might be time to switch, or at least threaten to do so. Companies will often roll out the deals if they think you will leave.

Invest In High Quality Insulation

Don’t skimp on insulation as it can make a massive difference to your energy consumption when heating offices for your staff. Whether it’s heating the offices in winter or cooling them in the UK’s increasingly hot summers, good insulation can save businesses up to 40% on energy bills.

Go Paperless

Cutting the use of paper and postage is a very easy way to create sustainable offices. Less post equals fewer logistics and transport which equals fewer emissions. It also creates less physical waste and lessens the demand for logging.

It is an easy win because, in such an increasingly digital age, it is not hard to switch to being totally paperless.

However, businesses should take caution when going paperless if their goals go beyond energy saving.

If your primary goal is to reduce emissions, cut back on land clearing, and curtail emissions, be aware that some digital alternatives to paper are secret energy guzzlers. Cloud computing uses more water than some people realise, necessitating large warehouses of cooling tanks. If you switch everything to be on the cloud, this can be a problem.

Yet going digital doesn’t strictly mean putting everything on a cloud. Many businesses have their own modest data storage networks or you can store data locally on your devices.

Choose Laptops Instead of Desktops

Laptops, particularly in a work setting, are far more efficient in terms of the power they use compared to desktops.

Desktops are powerful, but these days, advances in technology from leading computer manufacturers like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung result in high-performing laptops that use far less energy.

Invest In Energy Saving Laptops

Businesses can go a step further than just switching to laptops. Many companies have already done this with the increases in remote, hybrid, and home working. Companies can save even more on their energy bills and reduce emissions by choosing specifically energy saving laptops.

Not all laptops are created equal, and some have been designed to yield maximum efficiency. MacBook Pros and Lenovo ThinkPads are prime examples of this.

Devices For Teams have a dedicated range of energy saving laptops, including special deals on MacBook Pros, Lenovo ThinkPads, and Fairphones. Our experts can help businesses select the greenest, best performing, energy saving laptops for their needs.Blog Image with Fairphone, MacBook and ThinkPad in bubbles

Encourage WFH

In 2020, when lockdowns due to the pandemic were in full swing, household emissions dropped by 15 millions tonnes of CO2. This was largely thanks to less commuting.

However, businesses were also releasing fewer emissions because their staff were absent from the offices. There was less need to heat and light offices which represented fewer emissions but also a significant cost saving.

By encouraging WFH, businesses can save money and be greener. The switch to laptops also aids in converting to a hybrid or fully WFH workplace.

Get An Energy Audit

If you think you’ve tried everything to save energy it might be time to look at a professional energy audit. This is actually where companies can stand to make some of their biggest savings. Since every sector and individual business and office building is a little different, where you consume most energy could be hidden from you. By having an audit conducted, you can reveal key areas where energy consumption is higher than it needs to be.

This helps with making decisions about which of the above strategies you need to implement and in what order and how much carbon offsetting you need to conduct.

The Role Of Carbon Offsetting

Creating fully sustainable offices that prioritise energy saving laptops, and keeping energy consumption to a minimum will actually help you save money on carbon offsetting.

The fewer emissions you release, the less you must offset. However, it is incredibly difficult, and in some industries impossible, to prevent all emissions. That is why carbon offset business is a big part of the equation.

The combination of energy saving devices, carbon offsetting, and keeping energy to a minimum is the ideal strategy for sustainable offices.

Sustainable offices are cheaper and better for the environment. Moving forward, these companies will be legally compliant as the UK moves towards nertzero and likely other increasing green policies and initiatives.

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