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Zero Waste Scotland Releases New Business Guides To Boost Resource-Efficiency

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Zero Waste Scotland Releases New Business Guides To Boost Resource-Efficiency

Zero Waste Scotland Releases New Business Guides To Boost Resource-Efficiency
November 11
12:32 2015

Zero Waste Scotland has launched two easy-to-use guides to help businesses in Scotland save energy and enhance their bottom line.

The Resource-Efficient Scotland Myth Busters and 101 easy ways to cut your energy bill guides are aimed at business professionals who may be short of time or budget.

Dispelling 14 commonly held misconceptions about saving energy, the Myth Busters guide includes hints and tips including:

  • Turning a thermostat up higher, will not heat a room quicker.
  • Many people believe screensavers are designed to save energy. In fact, they do not.
  • Phone and laptop chargers still use up electricity energy when plugged in, even if they’re disconnected from the device. Don’t forget to unplug them!

The 101 easy ways to cut your energy bill guide is a handy yet extensive list of simple energy- and money-saving tips covering lighting, cooling and ventilation, computing, hot water, catering and business planning. Advice includes:

  • Reduce your office temperature settings by 1°C. It’s unlikely anyone will notice, and you can cut your heating bill by as much as 10%
  • Be aware of over-lighting. Just as insufficient light causes problems, too much light can lead to glare, eye strain, headaches and wasted energy
  • Have ventilation system filters checked regularly to see if they are blocked or creating excessive resistance. Well-maintained equipment works more efficiently and lasts longer.
  • Use laptops instead of desktop PCs; the former use significantly less energy.

Resource Efficient Scotland has helped thousands of SMEs in Scotland to examine their resource use and find ways of making savings.

Meanwhile, The Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan scheme – available through Zero Waste Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government – offers loans of between £1,000 and £100,000 to eligible businesses, to help them to save businesses money while reducing their carbon emissions.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland (pictured), said: ‘These guides have been produced  enable business managers to implement a range of ‘quick wins’ which will have a real and lasting positive impact on their business.

On energy alone, for example, the average cost saving identified is over £19,000 per business. Often these savings can be realised by taking simple, no- or low-cost action.

‘Many of the ideas are so simple and straightforward that they don’t cost a penny, and financial savings can be made straight away.’

Both guides can be downloaded in pdf format:

Zero Waste Scotland estimates that Scottish organisations could save £2.9bn a year by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. The new guides add to Resource-Efficient Scotland’s range of free services which include specialist one-to-one-one advice and support, training and funding via




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