It pays to be green
Support available for businesses to reduce costs and improve environmental performance
Businesses have a vital role in transforming Nottingham into a sustainable city with a thriving economy that can support good quality jobs and attract investment. How you operate, how your staff get to work, what you buy, and what you sell are all important factors. Many organisations are already taking great steps forward to be more sustainable and reduce carbon, and in the process reducing their costs, accessing or attracting new customers, increasing productivity and having a healthier and more motivated workforce.
Nottingham has made a commitment to become the UK’s first Carbon Neutral City by 2028. A carbon neutral Nottingham will present many exciting opportunities for investors, and attract and retain new businesses and skilled members of the workforce. The city is open to being a test bed and has a track record of supporting innovation in energy and low-carbon projects. We want to support business to grow and access these new markets and bring their ideas forward.
Our recent 2028 Carbon Neutral Action Plan consultation responses show some of the main ways local organisations are acting already:
- Energy conservation initiatives (75%)
- Corporate/board commitment to sustainability (75%)
- Company travel plan encourage public transport, walking, cycling (71.4%)
Some of the other ways organisations can take action are:
- Signing-up to the forthcoming Council Business Charter
- Allowing more flexible working and online meetings for staff where possible to reduce travel
- Making buildings energy efficient to cut costs and carbon, and to provide a more productive and comfortable space for staff
- Reducing water usage through behaviour change and simple interventions
- Creating wildlife friendly green space wherever possible
- Monitoring and measuring energy usage and carbon emissions, and switching to renewable energy tariff
- Supporting local and sustainable procurement and production
- A further business checklist is in development and will be provided shortly.
To support businesses and organisation a checklist has been developed to help stimulate ideas and actions. Download and complete the checklist here to identify areas for improvement.
If you would like to book an informal session to discuss your answers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy services can offer support to help your business move to a more sustainable low carbon future, for more information please visit: https://www.energyservices-ncc.co.uk/
Are you working from home? Here are some simple ways to take action
Many of us have found ourselves working from home over recent months. Working from home can bring many benefits to our health and wellbeing, as well as savings on everything from commuting to coffee. Some people have seen increases to everyday running costs of their homes, so NCC Energy Services have put together our top tips for keeping bills down and importantly reducing your Carbon Footprint.
Set up your workspace where you have access to natural light and ventilation. Sunlight through windows enhances solar gain, helping to heat the space naturally. Should you find the need to use artificial lighting and heating, here are some useful tips that may help to costs down:
- By turning down your thermostat by just 1 degree, you can save around 10% on your energy bill!
- It is recommend that room temperatures should be kept between 18 and 21 degrees. If you feel chilly above these temperatures, try adding another layer of clothing or making a warm drink.
- Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts.
- Try heating only the rooms you are using. Turn all thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) outside your workspace to zero. If you don’t have TRVs, installing these is a low cost way of managing the heat throughout your house.
- Installing a room thermostat, a programmer and thermostatic radiator valves, as well as using these controls efficiently, could save you around £75 a year.
- You may rely on a portable heater as a top-up for central heating in colder rooms. Try and limit its use to keep energy bills low.
- If you need to use artificial lighting, try to use LED or compact fluorescent lamps. Replacing your bulbs with energy efficient LEDs could save £35 a year on electricity bills. For example, a 50 watt halogen spotlight can be replaced by a 4 watt LED.
- Try to boil only the water you need each time you use the kettle. It saves significant energy.
- Remember to switch off electrical items when not needed. Once your laptop and mobile phones are fully charged, unplug them. At the end of your working day, shut your computer down – and then switch it off at the wall – it saves a lot of energy, around £30 a year!
- If you live alone or with a partner, you could consider requesting a water meter, which could save hundreds of pounds per year by charging you for your actual consumption.
- Spend one minute less in the shower each day and a family of four could save £75 a year on energy and water bills. Also replacing an inefficient showerhead with a water efficient one could save a household of four people around £70 a year off gas bills and around £115 a year off water bills.
- Working at home may give you some extra time to shop around and reduce your energy tariffs. Check you are on the cheapest tariff. Use a comparison tool to see if you can save money by switching or for advice and help with energy switching contact the Warm Homes Hub on 0115 985 3000.
- While spending long periods of time inside, it is important to maintain good indoor air quality.
- Open your windows regularly - if possible turn the heating off while letting in fresh air.
- Use your cooker hood and extractor fan
- Vacuum to remove pollutants
- If you dry your washing indoors, close the doors of that room and open a window so water vapour can escape.
- Use natural cleaning products i.e. White vinegar is great for worktops, hobs, floors and windows.