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New Business Guides set to Bust Myths with Top Tips on Resource Efficiency in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland has launched two new, easy-to-use guides to help businesses in Scotland to improve their bottom line figures, just by following some simple energy-saving tips.

4 Nov 15

The Resource Efficient Scotland Myth Busters and 101 easy ways to cut your energy bill office ‘cheat sheet’ guides to resource efficiency are aimed at busy business professionals who may be short of time, budget – or both.

The Myth Buster guide presents and dispels 14 commonly-held misconceptions about energy saving in a fun, fast and engaging way – and explains what to do instead. It includes:

  • Turning a thermostat up higher, will not heat a room quicker. So don’t touch that dial!
  • Many people believe screensavers are designed to save energy – they don’t. Do you really need one?
  • Phone and laptop chargers still use up electricity energy when plugged in – even if they’re disconnected from the device. Don’t forget to unplug them!

The 101 easy ways to cut your energy bill guide is a handy yet extensive list of simple energy – and money – saving tips covering lighting, cooling and ventilation, computing, hot water, catering and business planning. Advice includes:

  • Reduce your office temperature settings by 1°C. It’s unlikely anyone will notice, and you can cut your heating bill by as much as 10%
  • Be aware of over-lighting. Just as insufficient light causes problems, too much light can lead to glare, eye strain and headaches…and wasted energy
  • Have ventilation system filters checked regularly to see if they are blocked or creating excessive resistance. Well-maintained equipment works more efficiently and lasts longer.
  • Use laptops instead of desktop PCs – they use significantly less energy

Resource Efficient Scotland has helped thousands of SMEs in Scotland to look at their resource use and find ways of making savings. On energy alone, the average cost saving identified is over £19,000 per business – very often these savings can be realised by taking simple, no and low-cost action.

The Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan scheme – available through Zero Waste Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government – offers loans of between £1,000 and £100,000 to eligible businesses, to help them to save businesses money while reducing their carbon emissions

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland said:

“As resource efficiency specialists we see many opportunities to save energy and money every day in organisations throughout Scotland. Many of the ideas are so simple and straightforward that they don’t cost a penny and financial savings can be made straight away.

“These guides have been produced specifically with busy business managers in mind, to enable them to implement a range of ‘quick wins’ which will have a real and lasting positive impact on their business – both financially and in terms of reducing their carbon emissions.

“Businesses that take advantage and improve their energy efficiency can prepare their operations to face rising energy prices, increasing climate change legislation and the growing demand for environmentally responsible suppliers.”

Zero Waste Scotland estimates that Scottish organisations could save £2.9 billion every year by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. The new guides add to Resource Efficient Scotland’s range of free services that includes specialist one-to-one-one advice and support, training and funding via www.resourceefficientscotland.com.

Case study – Webhelp UK

Auditing their energy use has helped Webhelp UK to identify and implement over £25,000 worth of annual savings.

Webhelp UK began working with Resource Efficient Scotland in June 2013, with the newly appointed Environmental Co-Ordinator, Richard Carr, keen to identify potential efficiency savings across each of Webhelp’s six Scottish sites. Richard was also looking to understand the benefits, costs and any logistical factors of potential improvement projects.

So far with a focus on the Falkirk and Kilmarnock sites a total of £26,163 worth of annual savings have been identified with a further £15,000 to be realised in future initiatives.

The Webhelp UK story is a wonderful example of how a passionate and dedicated team, that is willing to consider cost-effective environmental investments, can produce fantastic results when it undertakes a well-executed energy audit.


Notes For Editors

  • Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
  • Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • For more information about the Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan or to apply for an SME Loan – or to find examples of how other businesses have put the money to use, visit http://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/sme-loans-scheme
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources. 
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland through via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
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