If you’re a new startup or getting ready to launch one, now is the perfect time to incorporate some measures into your business that will reduce your carbon footprint and make your biz environmentally friendly.
Most businesses, experts estimate, can save around 20 percent on energy costs. In addition to saving you money and being better for the environment, going green gives you the marketing benefit of being able to say you are a green business. People looking for environmentally friendly businesses to support will patronize your establishment.
One easy way to reduce your costs is by implementing natural lighting. This can be from large front windows or skylights. If you are currently searching for a location for your business, be aware of these features. If you are already at a location, talk to your landlord about adding more windows, a skylight or light tubes, which can be extremely cost-effective while still adding plenty of natural light.
Dial Down the Thermostat
Set the thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Keeping a room just a couple of degrees cooler can save up to eight percent each year on energy costs. A couple of degrees is not noticeable to most people, so you, your workers, and your customers can remain comfortable while saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.
As you’re planning your energy needs for your new business, consider making at least part of your business solar. Just a few solar panels can reduce your energy bill and result in tax savings for your company. Also, you’ll be making an investment in your startup that will continue to give you benefits for decades.
Reduce Waste and Recycle
From the first days of your grand opening, train employees to watch how much they are consuming and to recycle. Implement simple policies such as only printing what you absolutely must print and placing items in the appropriate recycle bins. For example, if you run a brick and mortar store, ask customers if they’d prefer an e-receipt over a paper receipt as an eco-friendly solution. As an added bonus, you’ll save money on cash register tape costs.
There are a number of ways you can reduce water usage in your business. First, encourage employees to not leave water running and to only use what is necessary for sanitary purposes. You can also install — or talk to your landlord about installing — efficient flush toilets and automatic faucets. If you notice a leak, have it fixed promptly.
These are just a few of the ways you can create an eco-friendly company. Being aware of the resources you’re using as a business is the first step to using fewer resources and being a green-friendly presence in your neighborhood.