You did indeed read the title of this article correctly, getting a sustainability speaker in front of your company could be one of the best decisions you make this fiscal year. Being nice to the environment is one of the biggest topics in the industry at the moment, with the likes of Facebook and Google leading the vanguard when it comes to developing company practices that aren't detrimental to the environment.
But how does any of this mean that you can save money? You would be surprised what stories and advice a good speaker like Richard Reed can share with you. And a little heads up, if at any point during this article you are convinced that you want to run a small conference on saving the environment, you can view a large range of sustainability speakers on our website. Moving on, we are going to give you some top tips on saving the environment, and making your profit margin larger:
Topics A Sustainability Speaker Might Talk About..
A topic we're sure many sustainability speakers will focus on is the heavy carbon footprint that the use of computers can place on any company. Whilst they are an essential daily feature of most companies, there are ways to reduce the amount of CO2 produced, which in the long run will save the company a tremendous amount of money. The first major area that a speaker will usually highlight is redundancy, and cycling the power usage as and when needed to avoid computers being on all the time.
Efficient technology is a further area that these well-versed speakers will talk about; helping you save money by actually spending wisely when upgrading your IT infrastructure. A great example is the Google Data Centre (you will hear lots about them during this article), as it can predict the load patterns in its own infrastructure to cycle computers on and off to save power. Even the way they cool the computers is optimised.
Computing and computers are one of the single highest expenditures of most growing companies, which leads onto final point. It simply involves using equipment for longer without purchasing new models to give yourself a welcome financial break! Not every computer needs replacing as often as you may think.
If you work in a large office building, you'll be aware that electricity is one of your highest outgoings next to restocking the coffee machine, but if you switch out those incandescent lights with fancy 21st century LED lighting you could save an incredible amount of money. That's also without mentioning the fact that they last up to 25 times longer and can save you up to 90% - reducing your carbon footprint by 250kg of CO2 per year.
In some countries, you will also get certain tax incentives for switching over to LED lighting, and there is the option to get really creative with it too, as seen in this blog by Aurora Lighting.
3) Paper and waste?
So there has been a really big problem in the last decade with paper waste due to the lack of people willing to move to the digital world. Don't worry - we all love a paper proposal that is printed on high weight paper, with staples, and a nice gloss finish, but let's get serious, when you walk into a meeting are they going to think any less of you when you pass around your proposal on a shiny iPad? Move to tablets or Microsoft Surface type products and you could save a huge amount of money in the long run on paper. Oh, and it is great for the environment too.
4) Energy audit
If you have offices that are a little on the large side, it might be worth getting an audit; professionals can give advice when it comes to the bare minimum standards that you can put in place. However a professional sustainability speaker will be up to date on the cutting edge techniques that you can then implement in your surroundings.
5) Alternative energy?
One of the coolest things that Google has implemented with their immense amount of money is to become the first company in the world to use 100% renewable energy. When you think about how much electricity their data centres can use at peak load, we're sure you'll be wondering why you haven't considered alternative energy sooner. However, this article was about making your company more money and sometimes green energy can cost a lot. But, what if we told you in the long run it is cheaper?
If you have a large office, consider installing solar panels to the roof or on any surrounding land. Additionally, you could consider building a hydro dam to power your workplace if you can, as in the long run it will work out a lot cheaper.
6) Motion sensors.
Any sustainability speaker will talk about the advantages that using cleverly positioned motion sensors can play in turning circuits on and off. These are a fantastic option for offices, allowing the lighting to simply turn on and off when people come and go, and also only costs a small amount to implement.
Installing timers can help to reduce emission waste by turning off appliances during certain periods. When you think about a coffee machine that is left on standby all night or a water cooler that sits idle and unused between 17:30 and 09:00, you start to wonder how much money you would save over ten years. It's important to remember that timing is one of those 'all important' things when we talk about reducing electricity usage.
8) Let someone else pay the bills by working in the cloud.
One of the biggest changes that became the biggest cost saving technique in the technology industry was the use of the 'Cloud'. But very rarely are the benefits explained to companies in a language they understand, so whilst being more efficient is great, can it save you money? Think about a computer being on 24/7 that runs your entire business, and the carbon footprint that you create by replacing it, having technicians fix it; before you know it the carbon footprint is immense. Working in the cloud simply means using someone else's services, like Google's ultra-efficient servers to do all the heavy lifting.
9) Use the rain (Great for Britain)
Somewhat unheard of is using rainwater instead of a running pipeline, and therefore reducing the impact on your local environment. It is a relatively easy task to convert a building to collect rain water and store, filter, then use. Before you know it - you aren't paying for water.
10) Consider electricity over gas.
You could find yourself spending a huge amount of money on gas bills if you aren't too careful. If your offices have showers and hot taps, then you should really consider swapping over to the electric equivalent to reduce the amount of time your boiler needs to be on for.
11) Ink cartridges.
Did you know that you can save money by sending back your used cartridges and having them refilled? There are an enormous amount of alternatives that a sustainability speaker can advise you on during any conference.
12) Do you need a new mobile?
A fantastic way to reduce the waste that you produce is simply to stop buying new products, even though a new iPhone every year is great. We're sure people doing business with you are going to be more willing to sign that contract after hearing about you reducing your carbon emissions rather than flashing them a shiny new iPhone8!
13) Recycle electronics
When you can't re-purpose or re-use electronics, then recycle them. Some companies will ensure that all of the parts get sent to companies who will either re-use them in their products or dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.
14) Ban Plastic & Paper Cups
We think that branded offices mugs are much cooler, and you could save a fortune on purchasing plastic cups. Quite often people forget how much waste using plastic cups can produce, but if you impose a ban you've just saved the environment and some money.
15) Get Creative With Your Office Furniture
Wouldn't it be awesome to have some truly unique furniture in your office? Ditch the corporate look and go with these fantastic recycled pieces of furniture to give your office an interesting vibe.
Replacing the insulation in your building could save an incredible amount of money on a yearly basis, and make the whole building a lot warmer in winter.
17) Air conditioning?
One of the largest electricity bills that an expansive office building will receive is likely to come following the summer months when the office has been hot and the air conditioning has constantly been running. As an alternative to running units continuously, consider opening windows and doors to let fresh air in or use the air conditioning for a set period of time and different times of the day. As a result, you'll save energy and money!
18) Triple glazing
If you have a cold building, it could now be the time to make an investment in improved glazing to keep out the cold and enable you to run your heating for shorter periods. Triple glazing is particularly effective for office buildings looking for improved insulation and energy efficient performance.
Harness the power of soil! Or draw heat from deep in the ground, it is a real thing - we promise.
20) Underfloor heating
Underfloor heating can be a cheaper and more efficient method of heating a property than many of the alternative options, so it could be worth looking into for your business to see if it will work for you.
21) Get creative.
Starbucks made from reclaimed shipping containers.
Starbucks made from reclaimed shipping containers.
Starbucks made from reclaimed shipping containers.
22) Encourage Car pooling
Car pooling sees people coming to and from work together as opposed to making their own way in. With fewer cars travelling into your workplace, they are reducing their footprint and, whilst it might not save you money as a business; it can help out those who might not be able to get home easily.
23) Home working?
Perhaps there are workers in your office who could benefit from working from home, and as a result, could also save you a huge amount of money when it comes to the day to day operational costs of your business.
24) Energy Star Certification
We maybe mentioned this one before, but look for a good energy rating on anything you buy. This website can help you find the most efficient products.
25) Encourage public transport
For those that drive to work because they live quite far away, the only real option to get them to work on time is their transportation. However, if someone lives within a few miles of work, encourage them to get a bus pass - perhaps even paying for it might be a nice gesture and a good selling point when recruiting in the future- "The company that thinks public transport is the future and a highly effective method of protecting our environment, so it pays for the worker's bus passes."
26) Start a garden
If you have an onsite restaurant, you should consider using any additional land to grow fruit and vegetables. This will save you money on purchasing food and encourage a healthy diet for your staff!
27) Subsidised work housing.
A totally crazy idea that could actually make your workplace more productive- why not build a village around the offices and let your workers have cheap accommodation? You could even build a nice bar to make people feel at home. It will cut the carbon footprint of people commuting to work and build a nice work/home environment.
28) Build a garden, in your office.
The Cunningham Group’s Eco-Friendly Office, California
29) Build a giant solar panel, and reflect all of the light to reduce costs with air conditioning.
District C - Environmentally friendly office.
30) Use environmentally friendly materials when designing your office.
Images via Ca!H+D
Images via Ca!H+D
Hiring a sustainability speaker could be one of the best things that you can do for your company this year, so before you buy those new super Macs, consider what this article is proposing. Think about the 90% cost saving available by switching to LED lighting in your offices or how Google has built data centres with almost zero waste emissions. Great speakers can bring an interesting perspective on saving money while doing a favour for the environment, which makes for an interesting speech and some key takeaways to implement in your premises.
You can browse a wide range of environmental speakers, and sustainability speakers on this website. If you want to find out more about the best practices of great companies like Google or Facebook, click on their names to read more about their techniques for saving the environment.
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