A bright idea from France: turn the lights down low

In tough economic times like these, finding ways to improve your financial stability is always a good idea. Energy bills are an essential outlay, but savings can be made easily in this area by cutting wastage. Being proactive with your energy policy means that any fluctuations in commercial electricity prices don’t need to be feared, and can easily be absorbed.

Taking action

In France, the government is taking direct action to tackle this issue and to reduce energy wastage. A new law has just been passed that means from 1st July, shops and offices throughout France will be forced to turn off their lights when they’re not in use.

Lights in shop window displays must be turned off by 1am and interior lights in offices and other non-residential buildings will have to be switched off no later than one hour after the last employee leaves. Local councils will be able to make exceptions for Christmas and other special occasions and in certain tourist or cultural areas. The move will save an expected 250,000 tonnes of CO2, which is enough energy to power 750,000 French households for a year!

Lessons for your business

For the French, this new law is partly aimed at tackling light pollution, but there are obvious cost benefits to this move too. With no major government initiative in the UK, it’s up to business owners to take the lead and to learn a lesson from our friends across the Channel.

Encourage your workers to power down their electronic devices at night and to avoid using the standby option. Turn off lights in rooms that aren’t in use and don’t allow lights to be left on overnight.

These are all simple steps but they can have a massive impact, helping you and your business to be more energy efficient, and to save money too.

You can find more ways to save energy in your business in Energy Made Simple, the guide to business energy from British Gas.

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