Business’ strive for cost-effectiveness, but December is a unique, hectic time of year and staff can be so keen to get home and enjoy the holidays that energy saving is the last thing on their minds.
Offices contain lots of technology. Lots of articles advise computers and photocopiers should be turned off overnight but this doesn’t always happen; a photocopier uses enough energy overnight to make over 5,000 A4 copies. That’s a lot of energy wastage; outgoings do not necessarily justify the work wages are paid for. Cost-effectiveness requires understanding and consideration from employees.
Companies are generally aware of these problems, but offices are usually closed or low on staff in December. Outgoings will decrease when an office is empty, but even with half the workers an office still has to be heated and lit as per usual. We certainly use more gas in winter compared to the summer with a full work force!
Shops are open longer and wages can be higher throughout Christmas, increasing business gas and electricity usage, but this can be cost-effective if sales increase. However, once prepared for the Christmas rush, outgoings will remain consistent, even if sales are below expectations. Cost may not justify demand. Retailers can also utilise e-commerce though, selling and promoting products even when their shops are closed.
Hotels are a unique industry in that they cater for all aspects of a guest’s life. The size of them requires a considerable amount of staff but, knowing this, hotels have worked hard to ensure cost-effectiveness. For example, recycling is common, lowering the landfill tax and maximizing profits; hotels are more cost-effective then they have ever been, but they still cannot control how a guest might act once they’re in their room. Customers are not directly culpable for the electricity they use and may not act as responsibly as they might at home. However, if a room isn’t filled, although money won’t be being earned, at least energy and money won’t be wasted within that space; arguably, the costs can justify demand easier then other industries. Plus, room prices usually rise to accommodate the Christmas demand, increasing cost-effectiveness.