Businesses Can Celebrate Earth Day with These 9 Tips

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As Earth Day moves one year closer its 50th anniversary, there’s no better time to consider the ways your business can become a little bit greener.

As one of the largest retail energy suppliers in North America, we’re proud to be helping businesses save energy, money and carbon emissions in new and innovative ways.

Here are 9 potential ways your business can help mark Earth Day.

1. Educate employees.

Consider hosting an environmentally-conscious speaker or forum to educate employees on how to conserve energy and reduce waste in the workplace.

2. Turn off lights and unused equipment.

Turn off lights and unused equipment at night. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — can use up to 80 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than conventional lighting. Even better: let the sun shine in. It's free, renewable and efficient. 

3. Reduce water use.

Install motion-controlled faucets and water-saving fixtures like toilets, showers and sprinklers. Also, be sure to repair any leaking taps and pipes as soon as possible to avoid costly hot water loss.

4. Hold a recycling drive. 

Recycling is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to become a more eco-friendly business. By recycling a ton of mixed paper, your business can save the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of gasoline. By recycling one ton of aluminum cans, your business can conserve the equivalent of 1,665 gallons of gasoline

5. Volunteer in the community.

Organize a park or highway clean-up in the community and give your employees the opportunity to volunteer during the work day. This is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to the cause, your employees and the community.

6. Take control of the temperature.

Use shades, blinds, and fans to help manage your office temperature. Another option is to upgrade to a smart thermostat. A number of leading models have a range of energy-saving features – including mobile and web applications that analyze your usage, motion sensors that detect when people are present, etc. – that take the hassle out of managing your building’s temperature and let you focus on running your business.

7. Pinpoint your energy waste.

Understanding how your systems use power can be integral in identifying areas where energy is being wasted or where operations can be made more efficient. The EPA's Energy Star program offers a set of tools called Portfolio Manager that can help you better gauge your energy and water use.

If you’re a larger business, install an energy monitoring system — such as the Panoramic Power — that uses small wireless sensors and real-time data analytics to track how individual systems and machinery are performing. 

8. Update office equipment and appliances.

As old appliances or equipment fails, replace them with ENERGY STAR-qualified products, some of which can save more than 45 percent of the energy used by conventional models. 

9. Switch to solar.

Solar power offers some businesses long-term price certainty that may help protect against rising costs and regulatory changes. And with the extension of the solar investment tax credit, it can be a valuable tool in your total energy strategy. Check out this solar checklist to help decide if solar is right for your business.

These are just a few tips to help your business become more eco-friendly. For more information on how your business can go green this Earth Day and every day, please check out our “Stay Sustainable, Save Green” infographic

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