How can I train my staff to be more energy efficient?

As any business owner will no doubt be aware, gas and electricity prices can take up a significant chunk of an annual budget.

This is why it's so important to make sure employees are as energy efficient as possible, especially if you're hoping to protect your bottom line.

You can take several steps to show them how to be more efficient in their day-to-day activities and with any luck, this should start to reflect on your bills in the long run.

Here are some top tips for making sure your workplace is doing its bit for the environment.

Hold regular training sessions

Bombarding staff with too much information isn't likely to be as effective as holding training sessions that are short and to the point.

You might decide to cover a certain topic every week or month depending on the nature of your working environment.

For example, more efficient energy use could be on the agenda for one session and being better at water usage may feature the next time round.

Use signage in key areas

There are some appliances that will use more electricity than others, so why not put signs up to remind staff to be more efficient when using them?

One place signs can be especially effective is in the kitchen. Remind workers not to over-fill the kettle when they're making a hot drink, otherwise they will be using more energy than is necessary.

The same goes for printers and photocopiers. Do they really need to use them or would a digital version of the document suffice?

Recognise positive work

It's all too easy to forget to recognise staff when they've been making a concerted effort with reducing their energy usage, which is something you might want to think about as a manager.

Consider creating an employee of the month scheme that rewards individuals who have been doing their bit to improve efficiency.

Simple steps such as completely switching off a PC at the end of the day and ensuring lights haven't been left on in empty rooms can all make a difference - and it'll be several key workers who make the change.

Invest in technology

The good news is that there's plenty of technology out there to make it easier for your workplace to become more efficient.

Lights that automatically switch on and off and thermostats that respond to the temperature of a room are both products that can make a real impact - and hopefully encourage staff to do the same.

Posted by Richard West