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Reducing Lighting Costs

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on January 20, 2009

As more of us look for ways we can reduce our energy consumption, both individually and within our businesses, indoor lighting is becoming a major issue. For small businesses, the following tips can be easily implemented with quick results:

• Explore your options. New fluorescents are available that are brighter, consume less power, and last longer. Using adapters, you can mount them on existing fluorescent infrastructure.

• Don’t go overboard. Many businesses have lighting systems installed that produce more light than needed. There are simple lighting guidelines that measure the needed light for different work environments. You can also have your space evaluated by a lighting technician.

• Harness the power of the sun. It might be worthwhile buying solar panels and feeding energy back to the grid. Doing so can provide tax breaks and allow you to market your efforts to make your business “green.”

Noah Meiri
Vice-President of Sales and Marketing
Magink Technologies

Reader Comments

John Maclay

January 26, 2009 12:33 PM

With the wave of Green fanaticism, we are on our way to creating a brighter tomorrow in more ways than one. We all must do our part to sever our junkie-like relationship to the fossil fuel dealers and save what we can of our planet for our children. With the renewal of the EPAct tax incentive program in the 10/07 Economic Stimulus Package, investments into green friendly lighting systems carry an up front ROI payment. An up to $1.80 per sqft tax credit can add up for both a large factory and private home. Even becoming a supporting business that transports or provides security for a deemed ‘green’ business has its incentives.

However, many entrepreneurs that would normally flock to a market segment such as this are being kept away due to the start ups costs in this current recession. We all need to foster a better environment for fledgling investors to keep the Green movement growing through these economic dark times.

John Maclay
Yagotcha Marketing
Recession help for small business.

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