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Energy Saving in the Office

  • Energy Saving in the Office
 

Getting to Work

Many of our staff enjoy cycling to work. To encourage as many people to do this as possible we have invested in changing areas, showers, lockers and bike racks

Every summer we also run a ‘By Any Means but Car Day’. We nominate a day when staff try to get to work using any method of transport – apart from their car! Competitions are run for the most unusual method used and everyone involved gets a bacon butty for the effort.

I.T.

Our use of computers and printers got us thinking - how we can become even more environmentally friendly? We have created an I.T Energy Policy – aside from printing as little as possible, all our printers have a default setting to print double sided, power save modes are used and the paper for internal use is always from a recycled source, and recycled after use. We’re never resting though, there’s always more that can be done and we’re always working towards the next step.

Waterless Urinals

These were installed around five years ago, investing in a new invention to help save water. There is no constant supply of water and instead a Micro Biological spray is used in which good bacteria ensures there is little build up of limescale or indeed any waste products. The average urinal normally flushes away 100,000 litres of water every years so as a building we save twice that in a year!

Energy Consumption

Explore don’t need to preach to our staff about lowering energy consumption, but prompts around the office are always a good idea to remind those more forgetful. These might be over light switches, in the kitchen or in bathrooms – but they all help build good habits. Our head office also switched to energy efficient light bulbs a long while back.

Energy Supply

Our energy supplier for both gas and electricity will investigate only “green energy”. This is energy produced by means such as wind, solar and wave for example. Whilst this can be a more expensive route for our energy, it forms an integral part of our responsible business pledges.

Air Conditioning

In the summer of 2011 we decided to invest in upgrading the air conditioning and heating system. The current system is based on a heat exchange system. So if one area of the office is cooler than another, the hotter air is extracted and pumped to the cooler area. This replaces excessive use of the air conditioning by cooling hot areas and heating cooler areas alone, the aim is to create and more ambient temperature throughout. Since the installation we have since a considerable reduction in energy consumption through the efficiencies of this system.

Recycling

Like most companies, we encourage staff to recycle and have a diverse amount of systems in place. We consistently recycle the standard paper, plastic, glass and toner cartridges and between March 2011 and March 2012 alone, the amount of paper recycled was 5,125 kilograms. This is the equivalent of 56 trees and over 105,000 litres of water saved.

We also collect the more unusual office refuse such as aluminium foil, carrier bags, batteries, bras (local cancer charity) and jewellery. One of our more unusual ways of recycling was the use of old car tyres and traffic cones – these were recycled and recreated as our carpet throughout the office.