[This article was written by Hannah Whittenly.]
Did you know that you can save money over time by making your business more energy-efficient? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can start today to make your home more energy-efficient. From recycling to maintaining office temperatures, here’s how to save your business money by being more energy-efficient.
Recycle as Much You Can
Recycling as much you can doesn’t take up much of your time and can lower your carbon footprint. Although it may be tempting to toss everything in the trash, it will be beneficial to you and the planet by taking some time to separate waste from recyclables. However, to lower the amount you need to recycle, consider using electronic-versions of papers and notices in your office.
Suggest Carpooling and Use of Public Transportation
If you have a lot of employees that drive to work, they’re spending hard earned money and emitting more emissions that they need to be. To make your business more energy-efficient, consider suggesting employees carpool with each other and tell your workers which local bus lines they can use to get to the office. This way, your workers can cut down on fossil fuels and save money at the same time.
Use Efficient Heating and Air Conditioning
By having your business use more efficient heating and air conditioning, you can make sure your company doesn’t spend more money on HVAC than it needs to be. It’s essential that you get yearly inspections, so your HVAC equipment runs as efficiently as possible. This way, your equipment will help create a more energy-efficient office.
Upgrade the Building
Another way to make your business is to add solar panels to your building’s roofing. Also, by installing energy star appliances, you can make sure your office uses the least amount of energy as possible. Although these upgrades may cost a bit of money, they will save you a lot of money over time. Speaking of roofing, you could also invest in certain material, such as foam roofing that can help reduce your business’s energy use.
Monitor Office Temperatures
Are you always cranking the air conditioning or heating in your office? It’s best to monitor your office’s temperatures throughout the way to make sure you don’t use too much energy, which can increase monthly utility bills and increase your company’s carbon footprint. Plus, using your HVAC system less will put less strain on it, requiring fewer repairs and replacements.
There are many ways you can save money over time by making your business more energy-efficient. From recycling as much as you can to monitoring office temperatures, there’s a variety of solutions for your energy-efficiency.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake