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Help Your Business Go Green

Posted by: Today's Tip Contributor on May 10, 2010

Consumers and businesses are thinking about ways to be more eco-friendly, but given the costs of green technology, how can small businesses realistically achieve this? In the current economy, everyone needs to cut costs wherever they can to remain profitable, especially small and midsize businesses. Smart business leaders are conserving their way to big savings at very little expense.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that small businesses can save 20 percent to 30 percent on their energy bills through affordable off-the-shelf energy efficiency upgrades. Below are some simple, immediate tips to help your business conserve energy—and cut costs.

1. Replace outdated fluorescent lights. Newer, energy-saving T8 fluorescent lights use as much as 35 percent less energy.

2. Turn off computers at night. U.S. organizations waste $2.8 billion a year in energy costs by leaving computers on overnight.

3. Use Energy Star office equipment. These machines use about half the energy of standard models.

4. Install motion sensors or occupancy sensors. Perfect for seldom-used rooms and exterior lights, these simple add-ons can significantly reduce lighting costs.

5. Apply energy-efficient window coatings. If you can’t afford replacement windows, window coatings reduce the amount of hot or cold air that enters or escapes through windows.

6. Monitor energy usage strategically. Add simple energy monitoring and control devices to appliances and HVAC systems to identify waste.

Don’t let poor energy management bog down your business. With these simple changes, your business can be green and cost-conscious.

Walter Dray
Westford, Mass.

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