Greening Up Your Business Energy

Earth in SpaceEarth Day was just this past Saturday (April 22nd) so it seems like an appropriate time to talk about how your business can both do some good for the planet and can save you some money by being a little bit greener.

Cutting Lighting Costs

Most businesses need a lot of artificial lighting as windows can only light the rooms closest to the outer walls, if they have windows at all; many businesses do not.

As a result, artificial lighting costs spike with the use of incandescent light bulbs.

However, these costs can be reduced by using CFL or LED bulbs. Both types of bulbs use about 80% of the energy that an incandescent bulb would for the same amount of light.

LEDs are often brighter than their incandescent counterparts, allowing you to use fewer light fixtures with them. LED bulbs can also last upwards of 20 years.

Be sure to shut off unused lights when you’re done for the day. A motion detecting occupancy sensor can be used to shut off lights automatically when no one is around.

Travel

How much of your day is spent travelling to and from work? Depending on where you live and how bad traffic gets, it could be one or two hours each way.

You can save gas, and therefore money, by going in to work outside of rush hour. If you set your own hours or your boss allows for a flexible schedule, you could go into work later and come home later.

You can also reduce travel costs by carpooling. This allows 4-6 people to get to work in one vehicle rather than one vehicle per person.

Telecommuting is an even better savings option. Cut the travel time entirely by remotely working from home. You don’t even have to get out of your PJs if you prefer!

Energy Audit

Help your business save big by getting a professional energy audit done.

A professional energy audit looks for areas in your business that are not being energy efficient and provides methods to improve efficiency.

This may include reducing energy waste from running computers and lights overnight, ensuring there are no air leaks, or upgrading equipment to more energy efficient models.

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