Energy efficiency is essential for companies. Not only is it a way to cut costs and improve competitiveness, but it also reduces environmental impact and reinforces the value of a sustainable brand. Reducing business energy costs requires precision, discipline and organization. A good way to save energy is to know how to make the most of the workspace, because making the most of the layout of the place with intelligence is the best way to be an eco-business.
Banco Santander, through its Impulsa Empresa portal, reviews the main keys to an energy saving project based on three pillars: communication, investment and procurement. On this platform, freelancers, entrepreneurs and companies of any size can find relevant and exclusive content to help them grow, digitize, internationalize and take a step on the road to a greener economy.
Regarding communication, its influence is clear in the workplace. All teams, at different levels, must be aware of a series of behaviors and habits. For example, taking advantage of natural light, since the many hours of sunshine that our country receives each year are a strategic advantage. On the one hand, it avoids turning on halogens, and at the same time receives solar radiation that positively influences the mood and benefits the health of workers.
Another tactic is time planning, since there are periods throughout the day that are more costly than others. One recommendation is to have a diagram that allows recalibration of work priorities according to energy costs, so that those that require greater consumption coincide with the most economical periods. It is also advisable to carry out a consumption analysis to detect bad habits, uninformed personnel, technical burdens and problematic machinery in order to implement specific actions and develop solutions in a simple way.
In terms of investment, it is a matter of drawing up a savings plan. For example, a strategy of progressive renewal of old electronic equipment that, although at first glance appear functional, have high electricity consumption, such as computers, printers, refrigerators, air conditioners.... The idea is not to ask for a loan to renew all the devices connected to the electricity grid all at once, but to do it little by little and achieve an equipment that has all the A rating, that of those devices capable of reducing electricity consumption by 55%.
The same planning should be applied to lighting. LED lights are more durable and allow savings of 80% compared to traditional incandescent lighting. Each company has specific characteristics and needs, but there are evaluation and detection tools that can help optimize lighting costs. These include proximity sensors (especially useful in bathrooms) or lighting equipment by functional areas.
Finally, procurement refers to the type of supply contracting, which should have competitive conditions or a specific contract for companies. In this regard, it is important to contact the supply company, explain the characteristics and needs of the business and seek an optimized contractual solution, taking into account peak hours and the particularities of the activity. Most energy companies have specific packages for SMEs, so it is important to review the different offers and use online electricity tariff comparators to determine which could be the most appropriate.
Companies have a series of subsidies and state aid to carry out operations to optimize electricity consumption. A useful tool is the National Database of Subsidies, which offers a complete search engine with which to consult state, regional and municipal announcements. There are also search engines for European aid and subsidies to locate those that best suit each need.
Banco Santander offers a platform on European Aid and Funds, a comprehensive service that allows companies to access all the information on the calls for projects charged to these funds, subsidies and tenders from all public administrations and which also includes personalized advice on processing. This project, created in collaboration with KPMG and LocalEurope, has already had 200,000 visits, has more than 16,000 users and has allowed the entity to advise more than 5,000 clients who are designing business growth projects worth almost 400 million euros.
The financial group is committed to becoming a world leader in green finance and helping its customers to make the transition to a more sustainable economy. The commitment of the bank chaired by Ana Botín has been consolidated in recent years, with a wide range of project finance, syndicated loans, green bonds, advisory services, and a series of other products and services. One of Santander's commitments is to mobilize 120,000 million euros of green finance by 2025 and 220,000 by 2030, and so far it has already totaled 78,658 million since 2019 and is making steady progress towards achieving its goal.