Making efforts to operate more sustainably can enable businesses to help the environment while also increasing profitability. A growing number of individual consumers are becoming increasingly conscientious about the environment, and it’s informing their habits as consumers. People will be more likely to want to work with a company that accepts its responsibility to conduct its activities in a way that has a minimal negative impact on the environment. While a business’ focus on becoming more environmentally friendly may vary depending on the nature of its operations, there are several things that virtually every type of business can do to help address the climate crisis.
Businesses can save on their monthly energy costs by incorporating a renewable energy source into their power supply. Many types of affordable solar panels for home use can also be used in a small-business setting at a small or medium sized facility. In addition to providing savings on energy, solar panel installation may also entitle you to a tax deduction or a rebate from a state energy incentive program. Solar panels are a great visual demonstration to customers or clients who visit your facility that you care about your environmental impact. You can create a solar paneled system to power some or even all of your business’ operations.
Many businesses that have traditional incandescent or fluorescent lighting end up paying a lot more for it than they would for newer LED lighting. While LED bulbs may cost a little bit more than the old ones, they need to be replaced far less often. Moreover, LED bulbs use significantly less electricity and they can help you realize considerable savings on your monthly energy bills. In addition, LED bulbs typically don’t tend to emit any noise in contrast to the fluorescent ballasts used in commercial settings.
If any element of your business requires that your workforce use a company vehicle, consider providing vehicles that don’t create unnecessary emissions or fuel waste. A compact gas-efficient or hybrid vehicle is the best choice for an eco friendly business. Electric trucks are not yet available on the consumer market, but they are expected to be launched by several manufacturers within the next few years. Consider leaving a little room in your upcoming annual operating budgets to transition to an electric vehicle.
Minimizing the volume of waste that your business produces can be achieved in a few different ways. First, decrease your usage of disposable supplies and opt for permanent reusable solutions. A few small and simple steps such as eliminating plastic utensils and Styrofoam cups in your breakroom can make a significant difference over time. In addition, making a concerted effort to go paperless more often can help you produce less paper waste while also saving you money on your monthly printer costs. Lastly, changing how you store the trash that is being collected for pickup can reduce your total volume of waste. A baler or compactor can shrink the size of your trash considerably, and it may result in fewer pickups being needed.
Being able to set your facility’s thermostat to a schedule can prevent unnecessary overuse. Rather than having to leave a system running when nobody is there to assure a comfortable temperature when people arrive, you can set a system to come on in advance of employees arriving for work. A set schedule will assure that you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off a thermostat. You can also feel comfortable about restricting access to thermostats to locked access because they’ll be programmed to come on when they need to.
Ultimately, some small changes can be very effective in making a business’ operations more sustainable. These changes are good for the environment, and they can also lower overhead expenses and thereby increase a business’ profitability. Environmentally conscious operations reflect good management practices, social responsibility, and a keen eye for savings.
Publish Date: August 27, 2020 9:32 PM