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The Environment Centre: Top 10 Tips to becoming a Sustainable Buiness


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The Environment Centre: Top 10 Tips to becoming a Sustainable Buiness

  1. 1. 10 Easy Steps to Resource Efficiency Helen Farley Sustainable Development Project Coordinator
  2. 2. 1. ‘Switch it Off’ Policy <ul><li>Provide staff development and training e.g. leaflets, posters or informal training talks. </li></ul><ul><li>This could help to encourage staff to ensure that all unnecessary lights and appliances are switched off when not in use </li></ul><ul><li>Free energy awareness materials to promote conservation are available from Envirowise (phone 0800 585794 ), and posters are available at </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Set the power saving settings on your computer <ul><li>Performance and Maintenance Settings on the Control Panel </li></ul><ul><li>Power Options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn off the monitor or hard disks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place system on standby or to hibernate </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 3. Replace your light bulbs <ul><li>Upgrade your old light bulbs with more energy efficient versions E.g. from T8 to T5. </li></ul><ul><li>T5’s use 30% less energy than T8. The T5 adapter (adapT5) is required, but is designed to fit existing fittings. </li></ul><ul><li>The life for the T5 is 20,000 hours with a depreciation of lumen output of only around only 10% after 10,000 hrs. </li></ul><ul><li>This reduces the service and maintenance costs and will give the user additional savings, compared to the T8 and with a ROI in 2 years. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4. Learn more about your business’ heating controls <ul><li>Knowing how to use your heating system correctly and efficiently can help bring down your fuel bills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Programmer: Use this to set the time that your heating comes on and off. Bear in mind the time it takes for your office/building to heat up and cool down. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Room thermostat : This switches the heating on and off when the air reaches a certain temperature. Turning this down by 1% can cut up to 10% off your energy bills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thermostatic radiator valves: These are gadgets that fit to individual radiators and control their temperature. Use these to fine tune the heating in each room. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 5. Save-a-flush bags <ul><li>Install “Save-a-flush” in toilet cisterns to reduce flush volume up to 1 litre per flush </li></ul><ul><li>This could amount to nearly 1900 litres over a year </li></ul><ul><li>These bags are available from your water company </li></ul>
  7. 7. 6. Use your kettle wisely <ul><li>Only boil as much water as you need (but remember to cover the elements if you're using an electric kettle). </li></ul><ul><li>For example, using a 3 kW kettle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 cup (0.285l) 0.046kWh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full kettle (1.7l max) 0.2kWh </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Boiling a full kettle requires over 4 times the energy </li></ul>
  8. 8. 7. Fix your dripping taps <ul><li>One dripping tap can waste 5,000 litres of water per year </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage your staff to identify and fix dripping taps quickly </li></ul>
  9. 9. 8. Save paper <ul><li>Cut the amount of paper you use by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>duplex printing and other paper saving settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using scrap paper for making notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>think before you print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use recycled paper </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 9. Reduce your waste <ul><li>Reduce, Reuse, Recycle </li></ul><ul><li>Old office furniture to dispose of? Why not Freecycle them through the Furniture Re-use Network. </li></ul><ul><li>Any keen gardeners? Compost your food waste </li></ul>
  11. 11. 10. Write an Environmental Policy <ul><li>A short document outlining: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>your organisation’s commitment to operate sustainably </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>actions your organisation will take to improve its environmental performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An environmental policy can be used to promote your environmental credentials to your clients and other stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>This should lead you to win new business. </li></ul>
  12. 12. tEC <ul><li>tEC is a not-for profit environmental charity providing practical support and advice to enhance environmental, economic and social sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Current project work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GENERATION : T o create a methodology and computerised tool for conducting simplified energy audits throughout Europe. This project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the POWER Programme. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fighting Fuel Poverty in Southern England: To provide comprehensive outreach and research programme to reduce levels of fuel poverty in Hampshire, Isle of Wight and West Sussex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BREW Funded Environmental Audits in Partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. tEC services for Businesses <ul><li>The Environment Centre (tEC) has worked with businesses across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey. </li></ul><ul><li>We offer a wide range of environmental and best practice programmes which include : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bespoke Energy and Environmental Audits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance on Environmental Management Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Travel Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In House Environmental Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In House Business Road shows </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Any Questions?