EMPLOYERS in Huddersfield should use “shock” tactics to encourage workers to save energy and cut down on waste – by showing them the bills.
Environmental advice organisation Envirowise said bosses should disclose gas, electricity, water and recycling bills to employees to encourage them to take more responsibility for reducing company outgoings and reduce their environmental impact.
Elin Crebbin, Yorkshire regional manager for Envirowise, said: “The more transparent businesses are about the effect rising utility costs are having on the bottom line, the more staff will be encouraged to take a proactive stance towards minimising waste – and adopt the same approach to cost cutting in the workplace as they do at home.”
A survey by Envirowise showed that people committed to cutting waste at home were lapsing into bad habits as soon as they got to work. A third of 1,80 office workers polled “took no action whatsoever” to reduce the amount of resources they use during the working day.
Said Ms Crebbin: “This research sends out a clear signal to businesses that good domestic environmental practices do not necessarily translate to the workplace.
“By ensuring gas, electricity, water and recycling bills are not cloaked in mystery staff will have a greater understanding of how their actions can help reduce costs.
“With the credit crunch continuing to bite, cutting costs by making more efficient use of resources and minimising waste has never been more important.
“Those businesses that make positive changes to reduce their environmental impact and reduce costs now will be better equipped to survive and thrive during the current downturn.”
Envirowise said simply measures to help cut bills included urging employees to switch off lights and computers at the end of the working day, installing self-closing taps to conserve water and reducing mains water usage through rainwater harvesting.
Visit: www.envirowise.gov.uk or call the Envirowise line: 0800 585794