When you’re a business owner, one of your main responsibilities is making sure that you put things in place that will make your company run as productively and efficiently as possible. One way that you can do that is to make sure that you do all that you can to conserve energy.

So, if you’d like a few helpful tips on ways that you can establish and then follow an energy conservation plan for your business, we have offered you five great and proven suggestions below:

Research ways to be energy efficient. One of the best ways to establish an energy conservation plan is to know about some of the things that you can do to save energy in the workplace. Some of those things include using more laptops than desktops, purchasing refurbished equipment, relying on natural light during daylight hours, installing a couple of ceiling fans and unplugging equipment at the end of the day. One website that provides great energy conservation tips at work is EnergyZone.net. Just go to the site and put “conserve energy at work” in the search field.

Create an energy conservation booklet. Once you have several helpful tips collected, consider creating an employee conservation booklet. It can consist of a set of tips that you email to your staff members and/or an actual booklet that’s made out of recycled paper. Our recommendation is that you do both so that they can take the information home with them if they’d like.

Hold a meeting with your staff. After you have your booklet in place, it’s then time to hold an energy conservation meeting with your staff. Use it as an opportunity to share with them the importance of being energy efficient, along with some of the information that you’ve found. Also ask them for any suggestions that they might have as well. Being energy efficient should be a unified effort and you never know what helpful tips your employees may have too.

Send out reminders. If you were to read an Ambit Energy company profile on ways that you can save energy and money at work, one of the things that it might mention is one of the best ways to teach people how to be more energy efficient is through repetition. So, even after you pass out the booklet and hold a staff meeting, don’t let it stop there. Hold an energy conservation meeting a few times per year. Email reminders and updates frequently. And don’t forget to also provide incentives for those who seem to go above and beyond when it comes to “going green”. This brings us to the final point.

Provide incentives. One of the best ways to get people excited about new initiatives at work is to offer incentives. It could be a gift card to the employee who puts the most tips into practice in a month’s period of time. Or a few hours off to a person who makes a “green suggestion” that saves your company money. The incentives are all up to you. It’s all about being creative as you think up ways to motivate your staff to be more energy efficient within the workplace.

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