Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This article was written on behalf of business energy from British Gas.
Every aspect of a business needs to be considered if you want to have an all-round view of your energy efficiency and what can be done to improve it. While, inside the office, strategies can be in place that encourage the reduction in energy use with regards to electricity and gas, a business owner’s efforts shouldn’t stop there.
Are you already in the process of encouraging your staff to join your venture and reduce energy consumption whilst in the workplace? Have you stuck to your energy resolutions? Whether you have or not, it’s not too late to change your habits and tackle the issue of energy consumption. While these utilities may make up a huge proportion of your quarterly outgoings, you should also look at other ways in which you can play an active role in reducing your carbon footprint. One such way is by looking at the company cars your employees use and how you can change your fleet and driver habits to ensure your impact on the environment is as little as possible.
Carpooling is a popular path used by business owners, encouraging their employees to share the ride to work and thus saving on fuel consumption. While your staff may have their own company cars, there’s no reason why they should all be using them all the time if they are at the office and not mobile.
Alternatively, if you are looking to add to your fleet of company cars, or change the cars you have, here are five of the best company cars available at the moment that can not only help with fuel costs but also positively impact the environment with lower emissions.
Mazda 6 – It has long been a favourite when it comes to company cars, but it now utilises new technology to boost efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and, with up to 72mpg, fuel costs will be pleasant too.
Skoda Octavia – the 2013 model is bigger, and while the previous model was a popular choice as a company car, this one is expected to be even more so. Opt for the Greenline version to get the most bang for your buck, emissions as little as 89g/km of CO2 and cheap company car tax.
Vauxhall Adam – Named after the company’s founder, Adam Opel, the Vauxhall Adam is a city car that is fashionable and trendy and available in what seems like endless combinations to give that personal touch. If you’re a young, hip and vibrant company, this may the one for your fleet.
Mitsubishi Mirage – Set to rival the Ford Fiesta and the Renault Clio, the Mirage has been down-sized to boost efficiency, now providing improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Audi A3 – the Sportback model is the 5 door alternative to the popular A3 and is fairly cheap to run, with low CO2 emissions too.
Alternatively, with more charge points popping up all over the nation, perhaps it’s time for a hybrid car to be added to your company fleet? Choose reasonably priced runners and your overheads won’t suffer.
The drive to go green is as strong as ever and with these company cars available on the market, there’s no reason why you and your business can’t lead the way.