A brief recap of 2021
2021 has been a tumultuous year as we have seen the rise and fall (and rise again) of the pandemic and a gripping energy crisis affecting the whole of the UK and Europe. As many people continue to work from home, we want to help businesses make some well-thought-out New Year’s resolutions as we have entered 2022.
At Bright Utilities, we’re all about making changes and offering solutions to businesses across the country to maximise benefits and minimise stress. According to a recent survey carried out by GoCompare, 4 in 10 Brits want to make New Year’s resolutions that include greener efforts as our society#s conscience moves from one that is selfish to selfless, remember, any change big or small can make a difference.
So look below at the possible sustainable energy resolutions you could make this year below!
Changes to make a difference:
Are you a business manager that has all these great ideas but doesn’t know where to begin when it comes to renewable energy? Let’s start with some basics.
- Train you staff
The New year has just begun, everyone is back to work, and with the infamous Blue Monday round the corner, it can be easy to fall into a rut this time of year. Calling colleagues into a meeting might not be more exciting than now as you can remind your employees of the many different ways to reduce energy waste for the company.
But who wants to listen to a meeting about energy conservation? Well, with the fast-approaching net-zero targets set out by the governments fast approaching, your workers can be inspired to do their bit against climate change. Such tips can be reminders to switch off unused appliances around the office. And if you’re feeling generous, you could even delegate roles and responsibilities to your workers to instill a sense of importance in their working lives. Everyone’s a winner!
- Make changes to the equipment you use
We all know the phrase “if it’s not broken, why fix it?” but did you know that some of your older appliances could be wasting unnecessary energy in your workplace?
If appliances haven’t had regular maintenance checks, they could be working double as hard to give you the same performance as when you first purchased them. Therefore, after cleaning or upgrading your appliances, or even replacing them completely, it is always a good idea, as it will save you money on your energy bills.
Several manufacturers have acknowledged the need for energy-saving appliances in recent years, such as switching to energy-saving bulbs or switching from desktop computers to laptops. Carry out a comprehensive audit on your business to see where you can make some changes in your company.
- Gain Knowledge
Even though we want to offer you and your business the best deals and advice, it is always smarter to look elsewhere for ways you can save energy and money. You can find great information about environmental taxes, levies, and electric vehicle exemptions on the government’s website, such as congestion charge immunity for electric vehicles.
We know that all the information about green energy can be very overwhelming. Luckily, we have some great blog posts that can help point you in the right direction, should you wish to look at all of your options. Being informed puts you in a great position to understand all of your choices should you decide to make changes going forward this year.
Or maybe you just want to be more informed about the current climate crisis? There are numerous ways you can stay in the loop. Knowledge is power!
- Switch to electric vehicles
You ever crossed the street and barely heard a car go by? They look enticing, don’t they?
Luckily, energy providers have seen the demand for the workforce, since apparently 68% of the UK’S workforce drive to and from work. Many suppliers now can offer you bespoke charging services and advice on which vehicles to buy if you want to help your employees make the most of their commute. These solutions are cheaper than maintaining cars that rely on older, outdated fuel resources and can help the health of your workers.
With new congestion charges coming into force this year in some of England’s largest cities as they join the likes of Birmingham and London. Know that even though it won’t stop them from encountering traffic, it will mean they won’t have to pay congestion charges or put out any more unnecessary carbon emissions.
- Switch Energy Provider
Take the phrase “new year, new me” to a whole other level by making one of the biggest changes you can make that will profit your pockets and the environment.
Unfortunately, there are currently lots of energy providers that are still using outdated energy sources, such as coal and gas. By changing your supplier, you are offsetting your carbon emissions and many renewable companies offer tariffs and plan that in the long run will save you money.
Another way modern energy companies can help with your monthly bills are through the installation of smart meters. These handy devices can accurately measure your electricity and gas usage in half-hourly installments as these can help you carry out energy audits in your business and save you energy.
Why not take a look at our comparisons to see where you can make the most of your savings in record time, and without any stress!
- Share what you’ve learnt
The average Brit will spend (roughly) a third of their day at work, meaning that as it is important as a business owner to make sure you are carrying out greener solutions in your workplace, it is also important to carry them out outside of work.
Why not share some of the information you have gained and spread it amongst friends and family? Or why not start using social media to champion the steps you have taken to make your company that bit greener.
Nowadays, being environmentally conscious is seen as important for many consumers as we all start to make renewables the preferred way of powering our everyday lives. By taking these steps, you can help others make smarter, cleaner choices as well as boost your business’ ratings with potential customers.
We know by now you might have already made your New Year’s Resolutions, but it is never too late to make changes that are more environmentally friendly. We hope this little post has helped you to start to think about the ways you can save money and energy.