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Considering your environmental impact of your business is now an essential part of your bottom line. ISO14001 is one of the ways that you can measure and track your environmental impact from your business. Implementing and following this certification can result in reduced energy costs, reduced health, and safety incidents plus increased competitive advantage. You can read more about the ISO14001 benefits at iso.org
Section 6 of the ISO 14001 deals with “planning ” an environmental aspect to be controlled and reduced. For most medium to large size organisations, nominating energy consumption as environmental objective is a reasonable and realistic goal due to the nature of its impact. Plus, not monitoring energy consumption can be a very costly process for any size organisation.
Reducing energy bills can be done by both online and offline strategies. The following strategies that we recommend are cost effective and compliant with ISO 140001. These include:
Keeping everyone accountable for their energy use is a key part of the ISO14001 certification.
Having visual cues around the workplace can help remind employees to do simple tasks such as remembering to switch off the lights at the end of the day or switching lights of when rooms are not in use. This is a traditional but effective way to reduce energy costs and consumption.
Assigning someone the role of looking after all energy aspects of the business can give your employees a point of contact if they need assistance on reducing energy costs in their department. Having a designated energy official is also great for ongoing energy saving education for employees. This official might also track and monitor your energy usage for the ISO14001 certification.
Technological solutions are a great tool to have when saving energy. This can range from having remote temperature controls and sensor lights, to an energy management system. Our energy management system of choice is the Smappee. It is great because it can connect to several different devices and updates data regularly, at minute intervals. It is beneficial to have a smart energy management system that can connect to your other technological products, because then it saves time analysing data. Plus, you then get a clearer picture of your total energy use!
Aside from increasing your competitive advantage and improving your bottom line, improving your energy efficiency also has a number of other benefits. These include but are not limited to: