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Tools and Guides

We have a range of practical tools and guides that will help you cut costs, reduce waste, and save energy and resources

Scroll down our list, to source what you need to build in resource efficiency to your business :

Tool to optimise your heating

Get a handle on your heating by recording your building’s temperature to find the ideal temperature setting for different areas of your business. 

Guide on how to save money and energy on heating the workplace

Read about how to access your heating requirements, avoid common pitfalls, insulate and ventilate and upgrade boilers without breaking the bank. 

How to audit your business energy consumption

Read our free guide - How to Conduct an Energy Audit and use it in conjunction with the Energy Audit Action Plan and Energy Audit Checklist. We’re here to help you find ways to cut your energy consumption and costs. 

How to measure and monitor your business energy use

You can only measure what you are monitoring and it’s no different with energy. Our guide shows you how to keep track of your energy usage plus a simple energy tracking spreadsheet keeps your records handy.

Construction procurement presents a huge opportunity to reduce waste and make cost savings

To maximise waste reduction and recovery, good practice must be adopted as early as possible, ideally through procurement.

As an enabler of change, Zero Waste Scotland has developed an online interactive guide to reduce waste, and enhance re-use and recycling, through design and site waste management for construction, renovation and demolition.

Recycling & Re-use Directory

The Recycling and Re-use Directory is a search tool that provides information on re-use and recycling services in your area.  

Resource efficiency at work

To help you train your staff, we have developed the Resource Efficiency at Work module with a free training video, downloadable presentation, quiz and employee certification.

Staff engagement toolkit

You can dramatically reduce your costs by simply motivating staff to make small changes to their behaviour. Whether that’s using less energy, water and raw materials, or simply reporting leaks and recycling better. 

Run your own switch-off campaign

Save energy, and the environment, at the flick of a switch. It really is that easy, and will save you a surprising amount of money. A switch-off campaign is a simple, effective way to engage your staff, and customers, with the business of saving energy, and highlight how much energy we waste every day through leaving lights burning in empty rooms and items humming on standby. Our free resources, including stickers, posters and light-switch templates, will inform, amuse and inspire action. Go on, switch off that currently unused electrical appliance right now!

Green office guide

The office can have a heavy carbon footprint. Lighten the load with our essential green office guide, the practical handbook for the in-house eco-warrior. Containing all you need to know to slash water and energy consumption, and reduce waste, through thoughtful procurement, re-use and recycling. Not only will these ideas help you to clean up your act, it will trim your overall costs and buff up your environmental credentials.

One day, all offices could be like this! Grab our green office guide and get ahead of the field.

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