Xmas lights on your office tree produce enough CO2 to fill 120 balloons. That’s the claim from Utilitywise who say a few simple steps can save your business cash over the festive season.
It suggests switching off and unplugging lights to cut usage and carbon output as electrical appliances carry a very small charge even when switched off at the socket. Firms are also urged to check computers and printers as a single computer or monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost £45 a year.
Adam Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at Utilitywise said: “With budget’s tight, simple energy saving measures such as ensuring all IT equipment and lighting is turned off when the company’s closed will help firms save money and allow business owners to switch off and celebrate over Christmas.”
According to research from the Carbon Trust, small and medium sized businesses waster more than £6,000 a year by leaving office equipment on standby during the evenings and weekends.