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Principle 5

Energy efficiency

The way you run your facilities can also have a substantial impact.  By making your premises where you deliver your services and office(s), or whatever other facilities you have, more energy-efficient, your organisation can become more eco-friendly and save money.

Start by doing, or commissioning, an energy audit, which helps you determine how you’re using, and wasting, energy.  This will show you, for example, where air is escaping from your premises so you can patch the leaks to reduce your heating and bills, for example, is the potential to install additional insulation, or better glazing, etc?

You should also take a look at all of your equipment that runs on electricity.  If you’re operating older machines, you may want to upgrade to more efficient models.  You should also ask employees to turn off devices such as computers before leaving for the day.