No matter how big or small your business is, making tangible savings on outgoings and overheads is something we all strive for. There are limits though, and some companies are finding that the race to reduce energy use and create a greener, more economical business creates complex business decisions.
Each year sees new developments in the fast-moving energy sector and 2012 has been no different. From the latest technology to the impact of natural disasters on suppliers and customers, there has been a dramatic change in the way businesses deal with their fuel provision – which has a knock-on effect on demand, supply and price.
Energy has always been a controversial issue in U.S. politics. The Arab oil embargo of 1973 starkly highlighted the country's dependence on foreign imports for energy, whilst George Bush's refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol in 2005 made it clear that the U.S. Government had limited confidence in renewable energy as the solution. So with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney currently locked in a fierce battle on the campaign trail, what exactly are their visions for the future of home and business energy in the U.S.?
It's long been a common misconception that green commercial energy initiatives have a negative impact on a company's financial performance. However a new joint study by the UCLA and University Paris-Dauphine has now revealed that businesses voluntarily adopting green measures are actually enjoying an economic boost in a surprising area – staff productivity.
Heating your offices and other business premises during the colder months not only significantly increases the costs of your overheads; it also has a huge effect on your company's carbon footprint. The Government are now looking to improve the security and efficiency of business gas in the UK by carrying out a new consultation on renewable heat.
Running a business often means that you will have no shortage of paperwork and administration to tackle on a daily basis. Business owners will also be aware of unwelcome seasonal issues, such as the impact of a freezing winter or a poor summer on crops and tourism in the UK – and ultimately on profit…