Many ECA members can win more business and/or improve margins by:
- Exploiting new installation business
In general, installing and upgrading energy efficient lighting etc means more work and added value for members (applying good practice solutions as part of the job). In addition to being known for quality and safety, ECA members can increasingly be regarded as innovative and 'green'.
- Improving waste reduction and improved efficiency
There are financial opportunities linked to waste minimisation (based on the re-use, recycling and reduction of raw material use), but it is also becoming a 'licence to operate' issue. Clients, particularly those engaged in integrated working, increasingly require improved resource efficiency and less waste. There are also benefits for general maintenance contractors. A practical guidance sheet has recently been developed for members, through the M&E Sustainability joint initiative between ECA and HVCA on winning the business benefits of waste minimisation. This includes guidance on resource efficiency, legislation, benefits of Environmental Management Systems and how they can all relate to bottom line savings. ECA members are encouraged to view this M&E Waste minimisation document so please e-mail [email protected] for a copy and take advantage of it. Why not print a few copies out and circulate them internally?
- 3. 'Green Case Studies' to lead the industry by example
To help ensure that ECA members are the consultees of choice for energy efficient and renewable installations, it is important that members come forward so we can showcase achievements. Our team at Rotherwick House needs your help to develop a library of examples (both domestic and commercial) which members have worked on or were involved in, relating to reducing energy usage. This can cover lighting controls, energy efficient lamps, smart metering and installing microgeneration technologies such as PV.
In addition other possible benefits may arise for your business from engaging with the environmental agenda:
- Environmental 'know how' can help companies when tendering
- Operational 'eco-efficiency' measures (savings on waste etc) add to the bottom line, with short or no payback time
- Members' 'green' credentials – such as being seen as a source of advice on issues such as energy efficiency and ways of dealing properly with waste equipment – can provide further demarcation between ECA members and other electrical contractors.
If this interests you and you would like your work to be used to demonstrate the ECA's membership expertise and commitment to sustainability, please e-mail [email protected] or phone on 0207 313 4867 to discuss further.
Don’t forget no matter how small it is, let us know and we'll work with you to develop your particular story, or if you have case studies already prepared, please share them with us.