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Employee awareness and office energy efficiency

Improve energy efficiency in your office with our free energy-saving guides, and download employee engagement materials, posters and stickers


Employee awareness

Employee engagement in energy efficiency and carbon reduction can help change behaviour in the workplace, to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and cut your organisation's carbon emissions.

Help your organisation's employees play a part in achieving your low-carbon ambitions with the Carbon Trust Empower programme and calculate how much your organisation can save with the Empower interactive online tool by using our savings calculator.

Find out which areas of energy use to target in your organisation with carbon saving advice specific to your business sector, including energy walk around checklists.

Creating an awareness campaign guide

Ideally energy awareness and cultural change should complement other elements of good practice as part of an integrated approach to energy management in your organisation. 

This 29-page guide to employee engagement provides ideas and resources to motivate everybody to save energy, to help engage staff in making your workplace more energy efficient. This will ensure long-term benefits for people, the organisation and the environment.

Guide contents:

  1. How to use this guide 
  2. Step 1: Planning
  3. Step 2: Implementation
  4. Step 3: Reviewing and communicating 
  5. Step 4: Maintaining awareness 
  6. Next steps 
  7. Further information 
  8. Appendix A: Walk around checklist
  9. Appendix B: Questionnaire

Publication date: August 2011 (Updated Dec 2013); Publication code CTG056 (was CTG001).

Download the Carbon Trust Guide to Creating an awareness campaign

Our business and public sector advice services can support you to develop and implement employee engagement strategies, including:

Posters and stickers for employee awareness

Download posters and stickers to encourage staff to save energy:


Stickers are designed to be compatible with standard label sizes, these include:
21 per sheet: J8160, J8560, L7060, L7160, L7160CL, L7560
30 per sheet: 15160, 15660, 18160, 18660, 5160, 5260, 5520, 5630, 5660, 5960, 8160, 8250, 8460, 8660


Welsh language/Cymraeg posters


Carbon Trust Thermometers can help you measure the temperature in your workplace and raise awareness of energy saving among employees.

Office energy-saving advice

From PCs to vending machines, office equipment of some kind or another is used by almost all UK businesses, and accounts for around 15% of all the electrical energy used in UK offices.

It's an area where huge savings can be made, as effective management of equipment can reduce its energy consumption by up to 70%. Start by focusing on the following three areas:

  1. Upgrade existing equipment
    Technology advances daily. New equipment with better energy efficiency ratings can lead to big savings. Watch the video and see how much you could save by upgrading old monitors. You'll find advice on a range of equipment in upgrading equipment and systems.
  2. Have an office equipment policy
    Develop a set of guidelines to standardise operations and communicate it. For example: activate stand-by modes on PCs and set up printers to print both sides of the paper (duplex printing).
  3. Maintain equipment
    Well-maintained equipment is more efficient and lasts longer. So set up a maintenance schedule, keep equipment free from obstructions and prevent over-heating by cleaning filters and fans regularly.

View the video below for an overview of how to improve energy efficiency in your office:

Further guidance for office energy-saving

We have the following publications available for free download:

Energy efficiency support

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services to find out how we can help.  This includes financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficient equipment, for more details visit our Implementation & finance page.


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