Reduce your utility bills and carbon footprint

Reducing energy and water consumption will cut your bills for electricity, gas, and fuel. It will also have environmental benefits by reducing your contribution to climate change through CO2 emissions and helping to conserve natural resources. 

This chapter will guide you through the journey to becoming a low carbon business. Use our simple and speedy guide below. Click on the links for more detailed information.

There are 4 key stages in the journey to becoming a low carbon business:

1.  Monitoring

The only way to find out how and when you use energy and water is to read your meters regularly. Use our monitoring toolkit to take you through the process step by step and to provide you with template recording sheets.

An example can found at the bottom of this page.


2.  Understanding your consumption

Analyse your monitoring data to provide you with the knowledge to understand and manage your future consumption, to compare your performance with others and to set targets for improvements and savings.


3.  Take steps to reduce your energy consumption

Introduce improvement measures. This could be low energy lighting, or water saving devices. Make improvements to assess and plan energy saving measures appropriate for your business and to calculate the payback times of any investment.  

  • reducing your energy consumption 
  • reducing your water consumption
  • reducing your petrol/diesel consumption


4.  Consider whether renewable energy sources might be appropriate for your business

If you have gone through the process outlined above you are now ready to consider whether renewable energy can deliver further savings for your business.

  • ask are you ready for renewable energy?
  • your renewable energy options

For practical advice and guidance on future proofing your tourism business against the effects of climate change there is a downloadable document below.