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Everyone is screaming about being greener these days, especially clients. But in a climate where increased costs are difficult to pass on to clients, is being more eco-friendly really an option? Ah, yes, the same old question that stops anyone from taking action. Here’s another. How many business owners use cost as an excuse for their inertia?




Many do, even though the most immediate consequence of acting to save the plant is a reduction in energy and water use, which means lower bills. It can also boost business by improving reputation and increasing clientele. But naysayers still sit shaking their heads at any suggestion of change while also complaining about rising fuel costs. Without even looking a little further at ways that could cut their carbon footprint they reject the whole thing.


I reckon the stumbling block is the whole ‘green’ agenda. People don’t like change and they don’t like risk and they don’t like eco-warriors living up trees. For many, the whole “agenda” is what’s stopping them. It is intimidating because they think it involves a massive change in attitudes and procedure.


The mad thing is, it needn’t.  We can start with small changes and take it from there, gradually. And the best place to begin is with a review of procedures. Is water being wasted? Are monitors being left on standby? Is the heating or air conditioning on a thermostat? Only then do you need to extend your gaze to bigger actions such as investigating green energy or further water-saving measures. There is no rule that says you have to go green overnight.


Here are seven easy steps to reduce your carbon footprint:


1. Turning out unnecessary lights or putting them on a timer helps slash energy bills, but did you know that if you convert to low-wattage bulbs, you can cut more than the lighting bill? Being a cooler system, they help reduce the temperature so your air conditioning unit will click on less frequently. Result – lower bills.

2. Switch to Easydry because, as well as cutting energy bills, by ending gas or electricity-guzzling laundering, upgrading to Easydry disposable towels saves more than 50,000 litres of water a year you would otherwise use to wash cotton towels.  Award-winning Easydry are the most eco-friendly disposable towels you can buy, being recyclable and biodegradable and made using eco-friendly processes.

3. Keeping an eye on the water thermostat to make sure it is set at the right temperature will save money. If you are adding cold water to achieve a comfortable temperature, it is set too high and you are pouring cash down the sink.

4. Your boiler and heating/cooling system should be serviced regularly to ensure they are running at optimum efficiency. If you are updating an old boiler, look for the most fuel-efficient model rather than the cheapest as this will save money over the long term.

5. Don’t leave anything such as a computer, TV or CD player on standby – they still use loads of energy, which, let’s face it, you are paying for.

6. Cut water usage. Fit flow-regulating taps and cistern displacement devices­ – and train staff to turn taps off firmly. Train the team to be constantly water-aware and to turn the tap off as quickly as possible.

7. Get yourself a bike and save on petrol or diesel. Get richer, get fitter, get greener.


Being eco-friendly isn’t difficult; it just needs us to be a bit more open to change.