Saving Energy, Saving Our Bills
Jo Baalham, Facilities Manager for the European Shared Service Centre in Colchester explains a project to save energy that has also saved on bills.
"Environmental sustainability means providing the best service while considering the impact it has on the environment. We need solutions that will last, minimise cost and stimulate creativity.
"We’ve been refurbishing the Colchester office over the last four years to make it an open, bright, modern space. Lighting was a particular focus and we have installed 77 solar panels to help power the buildings and reduce our impacts. In the first year alone, we reduced electricity consumption by 32%, while 9% of our annual usage was provided by the solar panels. We also saved on the cost of maintenance and repair – our team haven’t had to go up a ladder to change a light bulb in a long time!
"In 2016 we reduced energy usage still further, and introduced an electrical charging point for two cars – free to colleagues and with guaranteed parking spaces. It’s already being used every day. We’ve also found a supplier to sort through our mixed waste, recycling up to 97% at the depot. This saved money, took away the need for separate recycling bins and guaranteed that whatever could be recycled was.
"Colleagues’ reactions have been really positive and I’m really pleased to have influenced decisions in the business. It’s amazing to have an impact that will last for many years to come."
// IT’S AMAZING TO HAVE AN IMPACT THAT WILL LAST FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. //