As the price of energy rises it is increasingly hitting the bottom line of businesses. In an ever competitive world reducing the costs of energy is becoming an important factor for many businesses to keep ahead of their competition.
There are a growing mix of Smart Energy solutions which will allow businesses to use energy differently and even create new revenue streams through offering balancing services by switching non-essential equipment off during peak times.
Whist we will be following these changes closely, there is still a lot of low hanging fruit. With the biggest, ripest fruit being encouraging simple energy efficiency measures and behavioural change in the workplace.
A report published this week by Rexel UK reviled just how big that opportunity is, finding that:
- Only 20% of consumers would say that they are energy conscious in the workplace compared to almost 50% at home.
- Over 70% of consumers say they are concerned about wasting energy at home, only 43% worry about wastage at work.
- Only 60% turn off the lights in the office compared to 93% at home.
This was also shown in a report published by the Carbon Trust last year which found that just 23% of employees have been asked to help save energy at work by their manager. It also found that whilst the vast majority, 92%, worry about the cost of energy at home, less than half are concerned about it whilst at work.
In this context there is a significant opportunity for employers to make a real difference to how their staff use energy in the workplace and give them the tools to not only reduce energy use whilst at work but to take these tools home with them and implement them in their own homes. With a little support employers can reduce their bottom line as well as that of their employee’s energy bills, a double whammy for improving their productivity.