Going Green to Save on Small Business Costs
Once you have established your small beading business and begin working toward making a name for yourself in the industry, it will become a priority to learn how to cut costs when possible. Oftentimes, you will find that your highest expenses are non-negotiable: insurance, rent and electricity. However, there are a number of ways that you can operate your company more efficiently to make the most of your income, according to the Small Business Association (SBA).
Going green is not just a fad, according to environmental officials who have been working hard to elaborate on the benefits of being earth-conscious. In a business sense, taking advantage of green alternatives can help save money and reduce your carbon footprint over time. The less wasteful your company is, the more money you will have to spend on other necessary expenses.
Many small business owners who are new to entrepreneurship fear that they don't have the time to research environment-friendly products and incorporate them into their practices. However, the SBA says that there are a number of ways to go green without taking time out of your day and slowing down your productivity rate.
First, consider the lighting in your office space. If you often leave the lights on overnight or when the workspace is not in use, you could be wasting hundreds of dollars annually. This number increases if you do not utilize energy-efficient bulbs. Consider replacing the bulbs in your lights with more environmentally friendly options to reduce your energy usage. If you have a hard time remembering to hit the switch before you leave the room, mull over the idea of installing automatic sensors. These devices will turn off the lights after a short period of time when there is no activity in the office space.
When possible, try to use day lighting. This means opening up your blinds and allowing the sunlight to flow in, rather than immediately hitting your lamp switch. Getting into this habit can save you money over time.
Similarly, try to learn to turn off your office equipment when it is not in use. Computers can especially eat up energy when they are left on for extended periods of time. If it is time to replace an office computer, consider purchasing a laptop. They use less energy and can be a portable, environmentally friendly alternative to the standard desktop.
Try to unplug any battery chargers when they are not in use to save additional money on energy costs. Leaving these devices plugged into sockets can unnecessarily sap energy and allow it to go to waste.
When it comes to heating and cooling costs, some things cannot be avoided: heat during the winter, air conditioning throughout the blistering summer months. However, there are ways that you can easily improve your energy efficiency throughout the year.
Use weather stripping on doors and windows to prevent heat from seeping out of the building during the winter. Likewise, the stripping can help keep your office space cool during the summer. Try to keep your external doors and windows closed when possible to avoid air leakage as well. Be sure to use window treatments when possible to keep out intense sunlight.
A ceiling fan can be your best friend throughout the year when it comes to saving energy. During the summer, try to use a fan instead the air conditioner to keep your office cool. Many people think that a ceiling fan is best left off during the winter, but it can be beneficial during the cold weather season as well. Change the setting so that the fan circulates in the opposite direction to keep the heat down at ground-level throughout the winter.
When it comes to water usage, check faucets throughout your office space to make sure that there are no leaks. Only use hot water when necessary and consider installing more efficient faucet heads to save additional money.
Energy Star provides business owners with a checklist on its website on how to go green and reduce your carbon footprint over time. Researching Energy Star products and installing them in your workplace may also save you money. The government may be willing to offer tax credits to individuals who meet certain energy efficiency standards.
To find out if you are eligible for tax credits, contact the manufacturer of any environment-friendly products you install to discover if you qualify. In the end, being green can save you money and help you establish your good name in the industry. Companies commonly look for other businesses in the field to form relationships with based on their environmentally friendly practices. There are a number of benefits that can come from going green, including the potential to form lasting connections with clients and other small businesses alike.
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