e.g. the policy at tEC: if staff are stepping away from their desks for lunch or to make a cup of tea, they turn off the monitor (savings fact). If staff are not using the computer for more than ½ an hour, the computers are powered down. tEC has zoned lighting front office, back office and the meeting room. This is an effective way of helping staff to select only those lights they need. Leaving your office lighting on overnight waste enough energy to make 1000 cups of tea
the Carbon Trust recommends switching off lights, including tubular fluorescent lamps, when leaving a room. Contrary to common belief that leaving fluorescent lights on saves energy, this type of lamp only uses a few seconds’ worth of power when it is turned on. (Compared to 35-40% for standard T8 tubes).
For example, you can save energy by setting the heating to go off half an hour before the end of the day. your office is warm turn the radiator down do not open the window Did you know that if you turn the TVR up on your radiator when you’re cold, it does not make it warmer, it will overheat the room *Don’t block radiators with furniture *Fit reflective panels behind radiators *Install pipe lagging to reduce heat loss *Get your boiler serviced annually to ensure it is running as efficiently as possible Make sure you are comfortable though, the recommended room temperature is 18 - 21°C. For example, you can save energy by turning down the heat in unoccupied rooms.
If you’re on a water meter this should help you save money!
Water costs businesses in England and Wales around £30 million every day.
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Consider removing the number of waste bins in the office to encourage people to separate their waste more
New business- increasing demand for a green supply chain, sustainable procurement policies.
the Environment Centre (tEC) has a wealth of experience in working with local businesses to undertake energy and environmental audits which can help improve your green credentials and save money on your fuel bills. Energy audits focus on energy efficiency, whilst environmental audits consider waste and water efficiency. Whether you are interested in creating your own Environment policy, want to make your supply chain more sustainable or need assistance in achieving ISO14001 or other accreditation, we have experts on hand to help. We have a detailed understanding of businesses responsibilities as far as sustainability is concerned and in this light have been commissioned to produce several Sustainability strategies. These reports take into account sustainability work already undertaken by the company, events and training which have taken place in the past, along with any existing action plans or written policies. We will carry out the necessary research for and produce a detailed Sustainability report with a targeted action plan and list of recommendations/advice. tEC can help you develop a Green Travel Plan. A member of tEC will visit the workplace and analyse current travel data, including the current vehicles used by the company for business and any relevant ‘grey fleet’ (all vehicles used by members of staff for commuting). This data can then be used as a baseline to produce a green travel plan including a targeted action plan, tips on saving carbon, how to encourage car sharing and the use of public transport etc. tEC can run several sustainability training sessions for staff. We can offer one day ‘Energy Efficiency in the Workplace’ courses, which are designed to get members of staff thinking about saving energy and reducing carbon in everyday situations at work. We can organise an in house Sustainability road show to give out free advice to your members of staff on issues such as energy efficiency; water conservation; waste and recycling; fuel poverty and renewable technologies. We will bring a stall with advice leaflets and low energy light bulbs to give away and can provide interactive exhibits such as an exercise bike generator.
The Environment Centre: Top 10 Tips to becoming a Sustainable Buiness
10 Easy Steps to Resource Efficiency Helen Farley Sustainable Development Project Coordinator
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 www.envirowise.gov.uk. </li></ul>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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. http://www.frn.org.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Any keen gardeners? Compost your food waste </li></ul>
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>
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>
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>