Go green — resources to help reduce your energy costs

April 20, 2015 - Tags: Environment

Are you looking for ways to reduce energy bills, make greener purchases and reduce your overall ecological footprint? Lowering your business' energy consumption can lower operating costs and allow you to use the added savings in other areas of your business.

Adopting environmentally-friendly practices can help you:

  • Establish an environmentally-responsible brand image
  • Increase your competitive advantage
  • Reduce your ecological footprint
  • Comply with regulations
  • Reduce costs

You can become more eco-efficient by:

  • Maximizing energy efficiency — try using energy-saving office equipment, lower lighting and temperature, turn off items not in use
  • Arranging for an energy audit
  • Reducing material use — go digital by using e-mail, offer online forms, recycle paper and paper products, buy used furnishings
  • Purchasing from environmentally-responsible suppliers
  • Using reusable or recyclable packaging
  • Adopting green logistics practices — have virtual meetings rather than travelling, have employees work from home (if possible)

Here are a few examples of online tools and resources that can help you green your business:

ENERGY STAR's Simple Savings Calculator lets you compare the costs of purchasing energy-efficient products instead of conventional ones. You can even calculate potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Industry Canada's SME Sustainability Roadmap tool can help you manage your social and environmental impacts, develop products and services that meet the needs of a greening market, and help assess your resource use. 

Environment Canada's How can Pollution Prevention Improve my Business? provides links to guides and case studies on ways to reduce costs, increase profit and save time.

There may be financial assistance programs available that could support your initiatives to reduce your energy costs.

Get your employees and team involved too! Find out more by using Natural Resource Canada's Guide to building an energy-saving culture in the workplace.

To learn more about the benefits of going green, visit our Environment and business section.

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