Staff suggestions slash energy use by a third

Suggestions from its staff has seen Barker and Stonehouse dramatically cut its energy use.

The chain has seen energy use fall by 35% in the past three months as staff implemented their initiatives.

‘Like most businesses, our energy costs have seen a dramatic increase year on year and while the government has offered some respite by promising to cap these in the short term, these increased rates still require us to make some changes as a result. Our teams have been proactive by taking seriously various bread-and-butter energy saving steps, from energy efficient lightbulbs to diligent use of lighting, heating and air conditioning, helping us to cut our energy usage by a massive 35% over the past three months,’ says James Barker, Barker and Stonehouse md.

‘These added efficiencies mean we can continue to drive down our carbon footprint as a business. While we’ve been carbon neutral for the past two years, we’re always looking for ways to improve and refine our operations and challenges, such as the ones we are facing. This is typical of our staff who are always going the extra mile, not only for the business but for the planet too.’

The company’s next flagship store, in Gateshead, which is due to open in April, will feature a full roof of solar panels. The town’s existing Barker and Stonehouse store will become an outlet unit.



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