Employees 'less likely' to save energy at work
Many employees are less likely to make efforts to decrease their energy usage at work than they are at home, a new survey has claimed.
Research undertaken by Opus Energy revealed that more than a third of UK workers were more likely to waste energy in work than at home.
Measures such as turning off appliances like computer monitors proved less popular in the workplace, with the report's authors speculating that employees' lack of responsibility for company energy bills may influence their lack of commitment to energy efficiency.
"It could be the case that employees feel less pressure to be green at work because they are not directly accountable for the energy bills each month," said Opus Energy director, Louise Boland.
"Switching off PCs overnight and using double sided photocopies and printouts are just a few of the ways UK businesses can be more energy efficient, as well as make financial savings."
Earlier this year, Janet Blake, head of Global Corporate Social Responsibility at BT called on firms to adopt new, sustainable ways of working within their day-to-day operations to ensure their success.
Article Date: 04 February 2008
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