In comments to the Irish Independent, Brian Motherway of Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) said that a small business could save up to 20% on energy costs without having to expend too much effort.

Simple initiatives such as switching to energy efficient light bulbs, utilising less paper and turning off unused appliances can all help, according to the organisation.

Monique Bonner of Dell added that other ways to help the environment include enforcing double-sided printing and making use of technology to allow staff to work from home.

“Investing in power efficient products can also deliver energy benefits,” she said.

“The benefit for small business is that it’s simple and flexible to make changes.”

Earlier this month, an SEI report revealed that Irish investment in energy research topped Euro 28m in 2006.

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