At Enigin we realise the importance of an energy audit of the businesses we aid to save energy. It is one of the first things we do, or our Enigin Distributors do.
Here is an interesting paper on energy audits:
If you’re serious about lowering your carbon footprint by reducing the energy you use at work, as well as saving money, then the best thing you can do is conduct what’s known as an energy audit.
Performing an energy audit can be complex, since there are many factors that have to be taken into account. However, as environmental awareness grows in the media, customers and clients are beginning to expect environmental credentials from their suppliers and partners. It is essential for your business to stay ahead of the game and to exploit your environmental advantages in a demanding market.
If you can demonstrate that you are running your home-based business in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner, then you can integrate these selling points into your marketing to make yourself stand out.
Take the full service printing industry for example. After building a reputation to meet the demands of their clients with the highest quality in print production, they now face global demands to reduce global warming, create sustainable materials and generally operate with less energy – the challenge is to also maintain consistently high standards.
And, ultimately, if the industry cannot produce the expected quality through the use of inferior – yet environmentally friendly – materials, or if the buyers are not prepared to pay the high premium associated with these products then what’s the point?
But the choices that do have a direct impact on the environment – relating to energy, emissions, waste and recycling – can be evaluated and a mixture of strategies can help as part of a cost saving and energy reduction plan.
There are a number of independent third parties that have no interest in the sale of equipment (meters, new energy services), and provide fully independent advice to complete your organisation’s energy consumption and provide you with the best advice.
Results often show that on average businesses can help save between 10 and 20% for a typical office building.
A white paper commissioned by nPower and produced by the London School of Economics urges businesses to act now in order to protect themselves from future energy risks.
Financial, legislative, and reputational risks associated with business usage of energy will be increasing, according to the white paper, which was published this week. It encourages businesses to prepare for these energy risks.
“Businesses should ensure they are best-placed to manage these risks, by developing an integrated strategy with board-level support that brings together the management of energy consumption and energy procurement,” said Dr Samuel Fankhauser, author of the paper and Grantham Institute principal research fellow at the LSE.
If you’re serious about lowering your carbon footprint by reducing the energy you use at work then an energy business audit is a good start in the right direction.
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