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Energy Efficiency: How to drive employee engagement

10/11/2021

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Energy is often one of the highest costs for businesses, but what drives energy efficiency in your company. You may be surprised just how much energy your workplace wastes in a day.

Every business will notice an increase in its energy costs during the winter months.

Many small business owners believe that improving energy efficiency is the fastest, least expensive, and most significant single solution for saving energy and money.

To ensure that your energy costs are kept to a minimum, it is helpful to educate your staff to use only the energy needed and no more.

There are lots of ways to save energy and become energy efficient. However, the most straightforward and most effective manner for many businesses to save energy is to change the behaviour of their staff.

Are your staff aware of what are the most significant energy-draining habits are in the workplace?

Let your staff know what they can do to help reduce the cost of energy and become more energy-efficient. It all works towards being on track to meet the net-zero government target by 2050.

These usually involve failing to turn off the computers overnight and leaving windows open when heating is on.

When people understand why they are doing something new and why they are doing it, they are less likely to push back against new procedures.

How to get employees engaged in energy efficiency

The key is to engage as many of the team as possible toward energy efficiency in your workplace. Change can be a challenge for some employees, so we recommend presenting it as a positive change.

Here are some ways to begin saving energy at work, which has been tried and tested by the troo team.

Going Paperless.

Many businesses are still printing many documents.

By promoting paperless working, the amount of energy saved by reducing printer usage can cut your electricity bill significantly.

Going paperless is a way of showing the business is proactively taking steps to become more environmentally friendly too.

Publish an official energy policy

It might help existing staff and future employees to have an energy-saving policy outlining exactly how the business plans to improve its efficiency. The document will detail  how the company currently makes energy savings and the responsibilities of the staff.

Having this readily available for staff helps with implementation. The good idea is to post it on an internal bulletin board and include it in any training or staff inductions.

Appoint an energy champion

Empower your employees by appointing an energy champion. It could be a single member or a group responsible for improving awareness of energy efficiency around the business.

It’s also a good idea to have your appointed energy champion produce informal monthly reports. This shows staff any changes and improvements that have been over the cause of the month.

Actions speak louder than words.

Energy monitoring – troo insight

With the ever-rising costs and carbon reduction deadlines, the energy you don’t use is the cheapest.

Troo insight is a fantastic energy management tool detailing when and where you consume energy. It is an essential tool to drive down energy usage and, ultimately, cost.

It allows users to assess, manage and monitor their utility usage 24/7, whether with one site or multiple. Troo insight reports can also be accessed from a desktop or mobile device. Making the reports public in your organisation will help staff see where waste lies and what can be done to tackle it. The old mantra rings true, you cannot manage what you cannot measure. Troo insight shines a torch on your energy usage and costs.

Given the ever-increasing costs of energy and reduction in usage is by far the best way to control costs and minimise environmental impact.

To book your free demo or have a general chat on how you can increase energy efficiency, contact the energy team on 0808 164 2222

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