We’re used to Google bringing us new technology and now they’re trying their hand at coming up with an innovative new energy solution. Google X, Google’s innovation unit, is working on a green energy project that could change the way we produce energy in the future.
So what is this energy solution? The project involves alternative wind turbines that use robotics to produce energy. Sounds fairly normal, right? Well this scheme follows another, more outlandish, idea called Project Loon that used solar powered balloons to bring Wi-Fi to remote areas of the globe.
Going green is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and cut costs such as your business gas prices. By following the example of international corporations even small businesses can make a difference to the environment.
Google goes green!
They really do love wind turbines at Google HQ, which is why Google bosses have agreed to buy their electricity directly from their local wind farms. These agreements have been hugely successful and mean that the data centres are 50% more energy efficient than traditional centres.
Google also provides branded GBikes for their staff to get around larger sites, and they hope to use 100% renewable energy in the future.
What about other companies?
Google can’t take all the credit for being an energy efficient business, Swedish furniture company IKEA are also doing their bit to combat energy wastage.
Many IKEA stores use solar power and all their stores only use LED light bulbs. Not only are they committed to making themselves green, they also want to encourage their customers to do the same. As part of an energy efficiency policy they plan to only sell LED light bulbs by 2016.
What can I do to be greener?
With the environment at the top of the public agenda it’s not surprising that businesses want to do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether that simply means assessing how efficient your business gas package is or kitting out your company with solar panels and a wind turbine there are plenty of things you can do to boost your green credentials.
Find out more with some simple ways to start saving business energy from British Gas.