How resource efficiency helps your business become more resilient

What is resource efficiency?

The term ‘resource efficiency’ refers to using resources like materials, water, electricity, gas, oil (etc.) more efficiently, that is, in a way that uses less to get the same or a better result. As an example, this could be as simple as replacing light bulbs – if you are still using incandescent light bulbs, replacing them with newer types will mean extending the lifetime of your bulbs significantly while also using less energy to provide the same amount of light.

Why does resource efficiency matter?

Resource efficiency can help you reduce your environmental and carbon impact, reduce your costs and dependence on limited resources, and give you a way to build your values into your brand.

In terms of reducing costs, using resources more efficiently will allow you to achieve similar or better results with fewer costs. You likely can’t avoid some basics like lighting, heating/cooling, storage, and fuel for transport, regardless of your business type. Some of your essential business functions may in fact be dependent on significant resource use. There isn’t always a perfectly sustainable alternative, but considering your options carefully can help you reduce your overheads and improve your cash flow.

Photo of the city of Edinburgh at night, showing numerous buildings with spotlights and illuminated windows
Lighting is an unavoidable overhead, especially if your business is open late

More than that, a lot of resources are limited – the more dependent your business is on non-renewable resources, the more your essential business functions are at risk of being affected by shortages or price hikes. Building resource efficiency into your business strategy means taking more control over where you are sourcing resources and how you use them, and schedule improvements, rather than being forced into it by circumstances. Resource efficiency can help you future-proof your company.

How can we help you?

We have a lot of experience helping businesses become more resource efficient; we are one of Zero Waste Scotland’s delivery partners and as such have worked with a diverse range of businesses from different sectors specifically on resource efficiency.

We can help you identify ways to use resources more efficiently, from using half-hourly data to determine when you are using the most energy so you can plan around this, to giving you the business case for different resource efficiency measures so you can make an informed decision for your business. We provide you with an unbiased, objective view of your options.

Zero Waste Scotland – Energy Efficiency Business Support

If you are a small to medium sized business based in Scotland, you may be able to get this support free through Zero Waste Scotland. As mentioned above, we are one of their delivery partners – this means that you can request to work with us through the scheme.

We can also assist you in filling out the necessary forms, determining which kind of support is most suitable, and support you throughout the process.

We’ll be posting another blog post about the Zero Waste Scotland process soon, but if you would like more information on how we can help you in the meantime please get in touch here.