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A light bulb moment to make your building more energy efficient

by , 06 February 2013
At the launch of an energy efficiency programme that'll cut carbon emissions ,British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain can't afford not to be 'energy inefficient'. This is the country's latest move toward becoming more energy efficient as energy consumption rises, Here in South Africa, we need to become more energy efficient too as Eskom keeps pushing for electricity price increases. Here are two things you can do to instantly make your office more energy efficient.

'The UK must prioritise growth in 'green industries' such as energy efficiency and renewable energy,'British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in The Guardian.
'Energy consumption is set to grow by a third over the next two decades alone,' added Cameron. 
But it's not just the UK that's focusing on energy consumption and havinggreen buildings.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has also backed Cameron's UK energy efficiency drive on the Responding to Climate Change website. 
If you want your company to follow suit, 'go green' and become more energy efficient to do your bit for the environment, price is probably the factor putting you off.
Most green buildings cost a premium of 2%, but yield ten times as much over the entire life of the building. 'The stigma is between the knowledge of up-front cost vs. life-cycle cost,'says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
Different sectors could save up to R130 billion on energy bills by becoming more energy efficient.
You'll also be doing your bit for the environment and meeting your company's HSE responsibilities in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.
Here are a two ways to make your office more energy efficient
The Bullitt Center, being built in Seattle, is focussing on energy conservation and green building practices to fulfil its vision of becoming one of the best places to work, Lara Bandoim reports on the Technorati website.
You can follow suit if you have open floor plans and large windows by incorporating natural lighting and solar panels into your building.
And if your building's already set up, you can switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. They're slightly more expensive, but will save you up to 75% of your current lighting costs  as they last up to eight times longer than normal light bulbs, says FSP Business.
Make a few small changes in your business today and you'll soon be working toward a more energy efficient future.

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