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Save Energy, Save Money: Small Steps Your Business Can Take Today

By NicoleD
Published: December 8, 2010 Updated: April 30, 2012

Many small business owners fear that it's too costly to adopt eco-friendly practices. However, small investments can reap large gains by simply tweaking workplace behaviors and making a few low-cost upgrades.

 

Tips for Eco-Friendly Businesses on a Budget
The ENERGY STAR website encourages small businesses to get started by trying out simple changes that can yield high-return results. The following;sure energy savers

  • Lighting - replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), wherever appropriate. CFLs cost about 75% less to operate, and last about 10 times longer.
  • Water Conservation - fix leaks. Small leaks add up to many gallons of water and dollars wasted each month.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning - regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating season. New filters usually only cost a few dollars, while dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment, and result in poor indoor air quality.
  • Food Service Equipment - for existing refrigerators, clean refrigerator coils twice a year and replace door gaskets if a dollar bill easily slips out when closed between the door's seals.
  • Office Equipment- consider upgrading older computer stations. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors use less than 1/3 of the energy of conventional Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors.

 

The ENERGY STAR website also provides guides for certain small business types, iincluding auto dealers, restaurants, retailers, and home-based businesses. The industry guides provide for analyzing and upgrading facilities, technical support through their Email a Technical Question service and offer success stories about other small businesses who have recently implemented changes.

More Ideas for the Green-Minded Business

  • If you are itching to install solar panels, but do't have a tens of thousands of dollars to invest in the upgrade, consider leasing solar panels instead. If leasing is still cost-prohibitive, install a timed lighting system to save money and electricity.
  • If you cannot afford new energy-efficient windows, take some time to weather-strip and caulk your current windows and doors to help minimize AC and heat loss.
  • Consider bulk buying. Join forces with other small businesses in your community to buy offices supplies like recycled paper, lightbulbs, and cleaning products in bulk. Combined purchasing can cut down on extra packaging waste, gas, and costs.
  • Consider going paperless. Traditionally, businesses have spent countless dollars, time, and space maintaining paper business records. Learn the benefits of electronic recordkeeping at Business.gov.

 

Small Business Owners Share Their Energy-Saving Tips

In Business.go's monthly Idea Exchange, we pose questions to the Community about various small business topics and features or services provided by Business.gov. In February, we asked members to'Share Your Energy Saving Tips' Her's what our members had to say about how they greened their small business.

 

Related Resources

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I also give the thumbs up for installing LED lighting. Many businesses are able to 'retro-fit'- that is convert their existing shop, warehouse, factory etc to LED lighting in the place of standard incandescent or halogen lights. The simple rule of thumbs is - the larger your premises and the more lights you have - the greater the savings over the long term. You should always have a lighting/energy audit done so that you can weigh up the costs of converting to LED lighting versus the savings you will gain over the long term! Ciao for now
I don't spend money to make or save money, Instead i just make sure that when i am done using a light or a tv or computer i turn it off, I do not forget lights and fridges open as it is a big energy waster, I know i can really tell the difference at the end of the month when i get the bill ;)
Using LED lights in home and offices is indeed a great step that one could take to save energy and cut down the electricity bills. In fact, they not only help reduce your bills but they prove really beneficial in the long run as well. This is because they have a long life span as compared to incandescent bulbs and produce lesser heat, which is good for the environment.
Hi, I Really Like the idea For Saving Energy. after reading all the details i decided to use LED ligth for my office and home. and i hope that will cut my my bill and save me some precious money. thank for the details about how we can save that much energy.

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