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Show Employees the Bills to Get Green in a Hurry: Report

Workers all too often leave their green habits at home when they go to work, but telling employees how much water, electricity and heating they're using is a way to change behavior quickly, according to research by U.K. group Envirowise.

Bosses should tell their employees how much they are shelling out for gas, electricity, water and recycling to encourage them to reduce the impact of their business.

Sustainable business experts Envirowise are calling on employers to be more transparent about the impact that their workers are having so that they adopt the same approach to cost cutting at work as they do at home.

According to Envirowise research, people who are committed to cutting waste at home are lapsing into bad habits as soon as they get to work.

A survey of more than 1,800 U.K. office workers found that a third took no action to reduce the amount of resources they use during the working day.

"This research sends out a clear signal to UK businesses that good domestic environmental practices do not necessarily translate to the workplace," said Mary Leonard, Envirowise's marketing director.

"By ensuring gas, electricity, water and recycling bills are not cloaked in mystery, staff will have a greater understanding of how their actions can help reduce costs."

She added that the current financial climate should provide businesses with another incentive to cut their bills.

"With the credit crunch continuing to bite, cutting costs through better resource efficiency and minimising waste have never been more important," Ms Leonard said.

"Those businesses that make positive changes to reduce their environmental impact and reduce costs now will be better equipped to survive and thrive during the current downturn."

Envirowise recommended businesses should appoint "champions" to lead environmental incentives, urge employees to switch off lights and computers at the end of the day, and install water saving devices in toilets and kitchens.

It has also recently produced a guide to help businesses decide whether rainwater harvesting would be a suitable way to save resources in their workplace.

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