Saving energy is about more than just joining the green revolution; it can also be a big money saver for your company, and is just a responsible business practice. Check out this series of tips on how to reduce energy—and some expenses—in your workplace:
Tip #1: Flip Those Switches.
- Lighting makes up the highest portion of a company’s electric bill, and another 4-5% of that bill goes towards counteracting the heat that light bulbs generate, so lighting is a good place to start reducing your energy inefficiencies.
- Turn off lights at the end of the work day and the start of the weekend. If this is a difficult task to remember daily, then consider motion-detecting lights. These also help keep seldom used areas from eating up energy, and can be a good asset for a building’s exterior as well, keeping people safe, but not using more energy than necessary.
- The best and cheapest form of light is, of course, the sun! So open blinds and doors and consider installing a skylight or two to take advantage of natural light. Be sure to do this only during times of the day and year when heat buildup from sunlight won’t cause cooling problems.
Making a few of these simple lighting adjustments can save your company money in the long run—and give you the satisfaction of being a green business.