Encouraging your employees to take energy-saving initiatives at work is not an easy task.
Many employees believe that individual energy-saving actions on their part have no significant impact due to the large size of the premises and its many lights, computers and all other energy-consuming appliances.
The following tips are intended to help you try to convince your employees or colleagues that reducing both the energy waste and the carbon footprint of your business is something that can be easily achieved and concerns everyone.
Responsible for Energy
As businesses have usually safety managers, you could also appoint Energy Managers. Their responsibility will be to carry out regular checks on their department’s energy consumption and waste and to propose relevant improvements.
You may give energy-saving incentives. You may organize, for example, a competition where the team, department or floor that has made the most energy-saving effort within a month (or any other time frame you may set) will be rewarded with a prize. So, not only will you encourage a healthy competition between the company’s departments, but you will also see quick and tangible results. The Energy Manager will measure the energy-saving effort and award a winning team.
Be clear about the Company's goals
Use realistic examples to show employees - especially new ones - how much money may be saved with small energy-saving actions. Employees are much more likely to participate actively in any relevant initiative when they know that their actions have measurable results.
Everyone has to be involved
Make sure that energy saving ideas and incentives come from the company’s top management and that all relevant efforts are also attended by the company’s managers. Every collective effort is much more likely to be adopted by everyone if the initiative starts from the top of the pyramid.
Everyone should realize that good energy management helps to achieve:
- Environmental benefits
- Healthier and more productive working conditions
- Money saving
- An enhanced corporate image