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How to cut organisational costs to help the environment

Matthew Bosson

While the cost-of-living crisis has become inescapable, what isn’t spoken about is the cost of doing business. With businesses forced to pay hefty electricity fees, their power usage efficiency has become critical — but where should they start?

Auditing existing infrastructure

The hybrid working revolution has certainly saved organisations millions – but for many, the hardware around their buildings is still having a real impact on bottom lines. The networks of assets and components that many organisations have built up over the years can be highly complex, responding to needs as they arose without an understanding of the gradually incurred, long-term cost.

Auditing existing equipment and operational components

Equally, so much of the equipment – from servers and data centres to screens and printers – that we make use of seems indispensable and unavoidable. It doesn’t matter how much power it uses if there doesn’t appear to be a significantly better improvement to be made.

That does not, however, mean that it is. Just as a homemade meal is healthier than junk food, there are alternate versions of your organisational components that could very well be healthier for your business’ bottom line. This could apply to every element of your operational setup, from lightbulbs down to coffee machines.

What you need is a guide to making those positive changes that can streamline and improve your efficiency. This begins with a transparent, adaptable view of your current setup, alongside alternatives which make sense for your business.

How CACI’s Environmental Hub can help

There’s no better time to make your organisation more efficient. Investing in taking control of your energy usage now can set you up for future success and give you a winning advantage over your competitors.

CACI’s Environmental Hub offers a comprehensive view of your organisation’s operational setup, alongside its energy usage. Based on CACI’s MooD data visualisation platform, it draws on organisation-wide insight to create both the big picture and the minute detail that will help your organisation reduce its carbon footprint and cut costs, significantly impacting the environment.

The bigger picture comes from the whole view of your operations and power use across your organisation, across all locations. The minute detail is derived from energy usage of every item of your connected infrastructure, which connects to department usage across the organisation.

Through location and unit granularity, you can understand which departments and locations are making better decisions about energy efficiency. This can be a key driver when it comes to investing in training and education programmes.

Alternative components are provided, as is modelling of the impact any changes would make to overall power intake. Making one improvement can have a domino effect: if computers don’t produce excess heat, air conditioning usage can be reduced. The Environmental Hub helps you predict what might lead to such changes across your organisation and enables the creation of the most efficient business model possible, reducing unnecessary costs and driving improvements. Moreover, it gives stakeholders a complete, holistic view that prompts future investment, green initiatives and enhanced decision making about office locations, energy suppliers and working practices.

Read more about the tangible actions organisations can take to combat climate change in my previous blog. You can also book a demo for CACI’s Environmental Hub here.

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Matthew Bosson