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Guides and tools to support your business

From planning to procurement we have a range of downloadable guides, easy-to-use excel spreadsheets and more to help you run a more energy efficient business.

Reduce your carbon impact. Increase your profit margins.

Guides

How to buy resource efficiency equipment

Whether you’re upgrading or replacing equipment, it makes good business sense to choose the most energy and resource efficient option. This guide will take you through the process.

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How to save money and energy on space heating

For many Scottish organisations, space heating can account for as much as half of total energy costs. Simple low-cost improvements to your heating controls and distribution system could deliver substantial savings.

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How to save money and energy on lighting systems

As well as reducing your costs, making lighting improvements will result in a healthier and more productive working environment for your staff as well as a better environment for your customers.

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How to run a more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable office

Save money, improve environmental performance, comply with legislation and respond to the increasing environmental demands of your customers.

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How to carry out a successful biomass heating project

Biomass produces low carbon heat at a lower than conventional forms of heating, meaning it’s a good way to reduce your organisation’s energy costs and carbon footprint, and protect against fluctuations in fossil fuel costs.

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How to procure resource efficient equipment

Rising energy, water and raw material costs, and increasing customer pressure on businesses to be ‘green’ continue to challenge the way that businesses across Scotland manage their resource use and environmental performance.

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40 quick and easy ways to cut your energy bills and carbon footprint

There are lots of quick, simple and straightforward ways to take action and reduce your energy bills and environmental impact. Here are 40 no- and low-cost, quick and easy ways to cut the amount of energy you are using and make those bills a little easier to bear.

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Easy ways to show off your prized green credentials

52% of UK adults are influenced by the green credentials of a business and 21% of consumers have even stopped using a particular brand if they have environmental concerns. It’s becoming more and more important that you let your customers know what you are doing to be environmentally friendly.

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How to answer your colleagues’ questions about climate change

Having the facts at your fingertips will ensure you have the right answers when Bill or his friend Ben, who leaves the lights burning from dawn until dusk in the meeting room even though it is only used for an hour a day, question you.

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How to calculate your business’s carbon footprint

The climate challenge is a hot topic right now. Scotland has set the ambitious target of becoming net zero by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK. If, collectively, we are going to succeed in that ambition, the onus falls on every business to do its bit.

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Insulation – a quick guide

Is your building insulation up to standard?

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Heat pumps – a quick guide

Traditional gas and oil boilers are not the only way to heat your premises. If you are looking for a system that will help you save money and cut your carbon emissions, a heat pump could be the solution. This guide will go through the basics and help you to decide if one would be right for you.

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Radiant heating – a quick guide

Is radiant heating right for your business?

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Solar PV – a quick guide

Is solar PV right for your business?

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Biomass heating – a quick guide

Is biomass heating right for your business?

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How to implement an environmental management system (EMS)

An environmental management system (EMS) can help your organisation improve environmental performance, achieve energy-efficiency, meet legal obligations and cut costs.

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10 ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint while working from home

We asked our energy efficiency experts how you can save energy and reduce your carbon footprint (and energy bills) while working from home. Here’s what they said.

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Encourage staff to recycle

Since 2014 all Scottish organisations have to recycle key recyclates – it’s the law.

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Reduce your office carbon footprint with this Green Office Guide

Don’t let your office be a costly epicentre of wasted paper, single-use food cartons, dripping taps and blazing heaters. Turn it around by taking hold of this practical, indispensable and absolutely free green office guide

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Save money on your heating bill

In a climate like Scotland’s, is a hefty heating bill inevitable? We are confident that, with our experience and expertise, we can cut your costs.

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Green office guide

Don’t let your office be a costly epicentre of wasted paper, single-use food cartons, dripping taps and blazing heaters. Turn it around by taking hold of this practical, indispensable and absolutely free green office guide.

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SME Loan Scheme

Scottish Government funding to help you pay for your energy efficiency projects

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How to audit your business energy consumption

Improving energy efficiency can lead to substantial cost savings and new opportunities to improve competitiveness, increase profits and secure growth.

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Resource efficiency at work

To help you train your staff.

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Measure and monitor energy use

Measure and monitor your energy usage to start reducing your bills and save money.

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Switch on your very own switch off campaign

Enlisting the help of your staff to save energy, through flicking off lights and de-cluttering areas around heaters, is easier than you might think.

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5 Simple steps to start saving

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to thinking about saving energy. We’ve broken it down into 5 simple steps to get you started.

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Food and Drink energy savings

From identifying new energy saving opportunities, to providing financial support and technical expertise, we’re here to help you slash your energy costs and grow a greener business.

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Calculate the cost of lighting up your business

Our easy-to-use calculator will work out your lighting cost

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How to save money on heating workplaces

Heating costs can burn up more than half your energy bill. Our free guide is packed with expert tips and advice on how to cut costs – and carbon – without compromising comfort or productivity.

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Show staff how to save at home

Demonstrate how resource efficient habits at home save money to encourage change at work

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Manufacturing energy savings

From identifying new energy saving opportunities, to providing financial support and technical expertise, we’re here to help you cut your energy costs and run a more energy efficient manufacturing business.

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Retail energy savings

From identifying new energy saving opportunities, to providing financial support and technical expertise, we’re here to help you slash your energy costs and grow a greener business.

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Office energy savings

As an overhead, energy is one of the most easily managed in an office. You can make improvements that require little or no spend to reduce your energy consumption by around 20%.

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Support for Scottish businesses

From 1 April the service will be known as Business Energy Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust. Scottish organisations will continue to receive the same free, impartial and expert advice and support.

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Calculate the costs of improving lighting in your business

An energy efficient lighting upgrade could save you cash. Discover how much based on your number of light fittings and estimated running hours per year.

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Set up a Green Team

Create real change within your organisation with a dedicated task force to channel ideas and energy into delivering energy efficiency and waste reduction.

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Tools

Lighting improvements calculator tool

Before you spend your hard-earned cash on new lighting, do make use of the calculator that will help you work out your initial costs and potential savings.

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Optimise your heating controls

Record your building’s temperature on a simple, yet comprehensive spreadsheet. The spreadsheet enables you to recalibrate your controls to achieve maximum results at minimal cost. And help you towards a sustainable, low-carbon future.

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