Small Businesses Request Help Going Green

Small Businesses Request Help Going Green

By Doug Caverly – Wed, 08/18/2010 – 2:28pm.

Government incentives sought in the UK

There are now more ways than ever for small businesses to save energy and go green.  Unfortunately, many of them are rather expensive.  As a result, the Federation of Small Businesses is asking the UK’s government to provide incentives and make loans more accessible.

Federation of Small  BusinessesConsider that smart energy monitors are available, but they cost upwards of around 100.  Or that LED light bulbs can be bought, but each one costs as much as a decent table lamp.  And let’s not even get started on the subject of something more aggressive like solar panels.

So the FSB gave Mike Childs, Head of Climate at Friends of the Earth, a sort of platform to speak in a press release, and he stated, “Increasing zero-interest loans and more ambitious incentives for green energy for businesses would make going green more financially rewarding, but businesses also need certainty about what will be expected of them in the years ahead – which means getting regulations and taxation right.”

Childs then suggested, “The Government’s immediate priority should be to set all areas Local Carbon Budgets, encouraging councils and businesses to work together to cut emissions, save energy and transform the places in which we live and work.”

In the meantime, small business owners who haven’t given much thought to efficiency should be able to save some money just by caulking doors and windows, adjusting the thermostat as they arrive and leave, and perhaps buying some CFL light bulbs.

Hacking into walls to add insulation and other projects of that nature can perhaps wait until there are additional incentives.

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