Reducing energy consumption and teaching employees how energy is consumed in commercial settings are becoming popular methods to increasing business profits. This includes a whole building approach—not just looking at equipment, but the design and employee culture within the business. Evaluating all of these angles is the best way to reach significant savings on your energy bill. Below are some of the best ways to reduce energy consumption in commercial settings.
To create a sustainable workplace, organizations need to respect and understand how their operations have impacted the environment in the past, present and could impact it in the future. Maintaining a sustainable workplace can be simpler that you might suspect. Start with small changes and create habits for your employees follow. Implementing a sustainable workplace can have major perks. Not only your workplace will have a newfound confidence of contributing to a “green” environment, your company or organization can build recognition and respect for itself—making the effort to respect the environment through your workplace efforts is a great opportunity for positive PR. Take a look at six ways you can create a sustainable workplace environment.
Michigan Saves: Mary Templeton, Executive Director, talked about the non-profit that finances improvements with smaller loans and smaller rates for all efficiency upgrades that saves energy on smaller projects that cannot be associated with PACE.
Car dealerships use more energy per square foot on average than a typical office building does. Despite this, there are cost effective opportunities that exist to substantially reduce energy usage for lighting, heating and air, and other necessary services while maintaining quality lighting, safety, and customer comfort in your car dealership.
Owning a car dealership is definitely on the “difficult” end of the “ease of owning a business” scale. Keeping up with current industry trends, conducting business with different brands, and managing regular business operations all contribute to a less-than-ideal workload. Another major aspect of managing a car dealership is regulating business expenses - definitely not a detail to be overlooked. You can do things like spend less by buying in bulk or cut expenses by auditing your current energy use. While it may seem almost impossible to keep within your budget at the moment, follow these 10 steps to minimize expenses and cut costs for your car dealership.
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Energy costs are second highest cost in schools' budgets, following personnel costs. With energy costs taking up such a large portion of a school’s budget, it is sensible to upgrade to more energy efficient practices and products. That’s easier said than done, though—where will the funding come from to support these energy efficient upgrades for schools? Despite the long-term savings, and higher quality of school that would result from energy efficient upgrades, it’s challenging for these projects to be approved. Either taxpayers don’t want to pay for the high upfront costs, or there isn’t room in the school’s budget to start the project.
Tom Brady wasn’t the only MVP of Super Bowl XLIX. LED lighting happened to make a huge debut, as Super Bowl XLIX was the first to be played under LED lights. The University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona recently replaced their 780 HID lights with 312 LED lighting fixtures to illuminate the field and enhance the viewing experience of it’s upcoming bowl games. Both fans and networks were skeptical about the switch because they didn’t know how it would affect the broadcasting of games. However, LED lighting has proven itself one more time by increasing the broadcast viewing quality and decreasing energy costs and environmental impact.
When making a lighting investment, you want to ensure you are spending the least amount of money in the long run. Conventional lighting may seem cheaper when looking at the price of one bulb, but it can become quite expensive due to frequent maintenance and need for replacement.
As innovative bodies begin to adopt LED technology as part of their infrastructure, both big and small organizations are beginning to see the extensive, positive financial and environmental effects that LED lighting can have. Recently, one of those global organizations - Ford Motor Company - announced that they would be joining the LED ranks in updating their florescent and high-energy output lights with new energy efficient LED lighting.
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