Cutting costs on the fly


INCREASING energy efficiency doesn’t necessarily require a large financial investment, according to Carbon Trust Scotland.

The organisation, which provides assistance to businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs, said simple checks around a business can help to significantly increase efficiency.
“Becoming more energy efficient has sometimes been incorrectly associated with the need for large investment,” said Paul Wedgwood, general manager of Carbon Trust Scotland.
“While investing in new equipment can be a necessary expense where old equipment is not fulfilling its role, it is not the only action operators can take to be more energy efficient.”
Wedgwood suggested checking fridge temperatures, to ensure they are at the most efficient temperature for their contents, and purchasing low-energy light bulbs as two steps publicans can take to improve their efficiency in-house.
“Being able to adjust the temperature by a degree or so, as long as it doesn’t impact on the quality of the product, can help significantly with cost savings,” he said.
The Carbon Trust provides a number of services for companies looking to reduce their energy costs, including a carbon management programme, called ‘Cash for Carbon’, which advises companies on how to manage resources such as utilities, waste and transport.

Image: Wedgwood: efficiency can be cheap.