Energy efficiency of little concern to UK workers – until they get home

Posted on Jul 24 2014 - 10:05am by Sustainable News

Less than a quarter of UK employees have been asked to save energy at work, and fewer than half are concerned about energy costs for their employer, according to new research by the Carbon Trust.

The research highlights how UK businesses are missing out on more than £300 million a year in savings that could be achieved by encouraging employees to change their habits in the workplace.

Work Place

Work Place

More than nine out of 10 (92%) respondents say they are concerned about the cost of energy at home, but only 47% are concerned about its cost for their employer.

It appears that employers are doing little to improve the situation: only 23% of employees have been asked to help save energy at work by their manager, and just 13% claim that they are rewarded by their employers for saving energy.

The research is included in a Carbon Trust report that provides guidance on how organisations can develop programmes to engage their employees to make green choices.

The Carbon Trust’s findings are supported by a recent Rexel survey, in which 48% of respondents said they were energy-conscious at home, compared to only 20% who said the same about their habits in the workplace.

This ‘split personality’ is also evident in the level of concern felt about energy wastage, with 70% claiming they are concerned about wasting energy at home, whilst only 43% worry about wasting it at work.

As a result, 60% of employees make a conscious decision to charge personal devices at work, instead of using energy at home, with 36% admitting to the charging of multiple devices.

Similarly, while almost all Brits (93%) claim they turn off the lights when leaving an empty room at home, only 60% flick the switch at work.

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