Cleaner Corporation: 4 Tips for a More Energy Efficient Business
By Kara Masterson
One of the most important issues facing our world today is how we’re caring for the environment. No matter what your personal stand on this issue, it’s impossible to deny that there is a definite inclination among consumers to buy from and work with company’s who are going green, and a big way they measure that is based on energy efficiency.
Energy-efficiency is a measure of how well a product uses energy. Things that are energy-efficient use less energy, but they can still do the same amount of work. Making your business processes more energy efficient can be a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run. Here are some things you can try to get you started.
Computers chew through a surprising amount of energy, especially older desktops. Upgrading to new, top-of-the-line desktops is expensive and not always practical. Fortunately, there is a cheaper option that works just as well. Laptops are 80 percent more energy-efficient than desktop computers, making them a wonderful choice for businesses that want to use less power. Laptops are also a lot lighter than desktops (for obvious reasons), which makes them more versatile as they can be easily taken to meetings, or even taken home for employees to work remotely.
Some people are averse to the idea of switching to laptops due to the size of the keyboard, the discomfort of working with a mouse pad, or the perceived lack of processing power. All of these issues can be addressed. USB keyboards and mice can still be used with laptops if your employees want that, and for the most part they will run just as fast as desktops. They may even run faster if you’re upgrading to newer machines. It’s true that certain jobs, such as IT services, are better handled by a large and powerful desktop computers. For almost everything else, however, laptops can be a great alternative.
Use Solar Power
You can save energy and protect the environment by using solar panels. Solar panels are designed to generate heat and electricity by absorbing sunlight. These panels come with a fairly steep overhead cost, but they can potentially help you save thousands of dollars over the course of several years. They can also last up to 25 years if they are well taken care of. Some companies like SmartGlo and similar businesses even market signs that run on their own independent solar panels, which would be much cheaper than installing panels to power your whole office.
Whether you intend to implement only a few solar powered signs, or a large bank of panels to subsidize your power usage, solar power will improve your image and reduce your footprint. Consumers like to see solar power being used, so advertising this change can do a lot to boost your revenue as well as cut down on your operating costs.
Buy Energy-Star Products
When you are looking for new products, make sure that you look for ones that have an energy star label. An Energy Star label means that the product uses 20 percent less energy than the standard model. Many Energy Star products also go into power-saving mode automatically if you have not used them for a long time.
Printers, computers, copiers, washing machines, dryers, water heaters and dishwashers are examples of some of the Energy Star products that you can purchase. Energy Star products can also last longer because they do not have to use as much energy.
Change Your Lighting
The lighting is something that many people overlook when they are trying to save energy. However, if you have incandescent light bulbs in your building, then you should consider switching them out for compact fluorescent or LED lights. Both of these lights last longer than incandescent lights and use less energy.
LED and compact fluorescent lights do cost more than incandescent lights. However, you will be able to save a lot of money in the long run. Making your business more energy-efficient will help you protect the environment. It will also help you save money. Using solar power and laptops will help you cut down on your energy usage. You will also need to consider purchasing Energy Star products. Additionally, it is a good idea to change your lighting if you are still using incandescent light bulbs.