Running an energy efficient business isn’t just good for the planet; it can be good for increasing productivity, developing your brand image, and improving the quality of life of your employees. Green solutions in 2019 have gone way beyond energy efficient lightbulbs and recycling (though those remain important factors). Here are ten suggestions for how to green up your business!
- Get an Energy Audit: Many states, local governments, and private businesses will offer free energy audits to help companies to take a good look at their energy usage. These audits will give you a better idea of how you can green up your business. These audits will often include discounts on solutions.
- Upgrade To Energy Efficient Lightbulbs: Odds are your business has a lot of lightbulbs. Each energy-efficient bulb should easily save your business more than $10 over the course of the year. Multiply that by the number of lightbulbs, and you’ll probably have saved quite a sizeable sum by the end of the year.
- Turn it Off: It may seem like an obvious point, but one of the best ways to lower your company’s utility bill is to make sure people are turning off their electronics rather than just leaving them in sleep mode when not in use. Even better, encourage people to unplug machines like computers or to turn off power strips overnight.
- Install Programmable Thermostats: Almost no single upgrade has the ability to lower your company’s energy costs like installing a programmable thermostat. With it, you can change the temperature of your building during evenings and weekends and maintain more control over the building’s environment. Setting your office’s temperature degree cooler when it’s cold outside and one degree warmer when it’s warm outside can reduce a business’ power usage by up to 10% over the course of the year.
- Keep your HVAC system in good working order: An HVAC system is a fantastic tool for climate control, but poor maintenance can drastically decrease efficiency and increase the cost of your energy bill. High-tech solutions like using the nanotechnology in CryoGenX4 to permanently restore lost cooling capacity to your aging system or low-tech solutions like making sure areas around vents are clear and filters are regularly replaced can drastically lower your energy usage and increase performance.
- Promote Workplace Flexibility: Energy costs more during peak work hours, that is to say, 9-5 Monday through Friday. By allowing your employees to work from home, come in at more variable times, and have remote meetings, you can not only increase workplace productivity but also lower your energy costs.
- Let the Sunshine in: When possible, use natural light rather than having to rely on artificial light. To properly take advantage of the sun, you need to make sure your windows have been properly treated and insulated to make sure you’re getting the light, not the heat, of the sun.
- Insulate: Make sure you aren’t spilling money out of any cracks in windows, open doors, or degraded caulking. A poorly insulated building can drive energy costs up by 25%. There’s only so much good a climate control system can do if your building is leaking.
- Partner With Carbon-Conscious Organizations: Make a commitment to a green future by buying your energy from an organization that creates that energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, or hydroelectric power. Go one step further and make sure like companies you work with for services like web hosting have made a commitment to a green future.
- Look for the Energy Star Label: When buying new office equipment, make sure to purchase products that are energy-star labeled. Energy star machines not only require less energy to operate; they also automatically power down when not in use. Always make sure to properly recycle whatever you are replacing.
These ten tips are some great options as you green up your business, but they’re just the start. For more ideas on how to make your building more energy efficient, ask your employees. Crowdsourcing solutions will make sure the solutions you pick are right for the people within your organization.