Energy in business

  • Buildings account for an estimated 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, yet between 20-50% of energy used in buildings is simply wasted through inefficiencies such as poor insulation and excess lighting.
  • Make it a priority. Using less energy saves money as well as being the right thing to do.
  • Conduct an energy audit to understand what, and how, energy is being used in your business.


  • Fit compact fluorescent light bulbs: they pay for themselves in a year, last up to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs and save more than 66% in lighting costs over their lifetime.
  • Fit draft excluders (or a door-snake works just fine too!) to exclude the draft from windows and doors.
  • Turn all office appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them or overnight.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from freight transport by buying local food and products.

Energy in business

  • Make sure all your computers have the save energy feature activated.
  • Replace travelling with teleconferencing or videoconferencing whenever possible.
  • Review your supply chain with “green” in mind. When you need to purchase new goods and services seek value for money, which includes energy efficiency as a key factor.
  • 65% of office energy use can be from air-conditioning. Setting a temperature 2° lower can save up to 13% of the power use.


Waste in business

  • Introduce a multiple bin system to encourage recycling – one bin for paper/cardboard, another for plastics/cans and one more for general waste. Check with your local council what recycling occurs in your area and what is the best system for your office.
  • Default set photocopiers to double-sided printing. If you can’t do this, place a box next to the photocopier for waste copies and then have staff use them for note taking paper (saving the cost of notebooks!).



  • Set up a central memo noticeboard or a dry erase board to eliminate large amounts of office paper notifications.
  • Use office products made from recycled or sustainably produced materials.
  • Avoid using disposable products wherever possible. Consider investing in ceramic plates and mugs instead of paper or plastic for the office kitchen.
  • Order supplies in bulk to reduce packaging waste.


Waste in business

  • Reuse old binders, folders and general office equipment to reduce waste and save on money.
  • Instead of throwing away unwanted paper, shred and reuse them as packing material.
  • Reduce margins to cut down on printing.
  • When organising office cleanups look to see what can be recycled or donated.


Water in business

  • Install low flow regulators to taps and showers.
  • Think about changing toilets over to dual flush systems.
  • Don’t run a dishwasher until it is full and use signage to encourage staff to save water.
  • A leaking tap can waste up to 200 litres of water a day – check your washers!



  • When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.
  • Consider choosing water efficient options across all areas of your business.
  • Assess how your building uses water and keep track of how much is being used to easily identify problem areas.


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