A company shouldn’t have to build a windmill to be recognized as a good corporate citizen and achieve green certification. Fact is, most businesses don’t have the means to erect a windmill. Even if they did, the payoff to their bottom line and the environment wouldn’t come for a while.
Most companies can conserve more energy by making use of some of the many power-saving devices that are affordable, readily available on the market and easy to use. Here’s a look at some of the most popular:
The Power Strip
In addition to having a cool name, the power strip is incredibly effective at helping companies conserve energy. The device regulates the flow of power to computers, printers and other electronic devices, which can use large amounts of power even when they’re turned off. By cutting down on the flow of electricity to the devices when they’re not in use, a company can save hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars a year.
Sometimes it makes sense for businesses to have lights on at all hours of the day. But sometimes, having the lights on just wastes energy. Light sensors can tell if someone is in a room or not. When nobody is there, they turn the lights off. When someone enters the room, the lights turn on. They’re perfect for conference rooms, restrooms and hallways in areas of buildings that are not constantly used by employees.
Heating and cooling costs have been shooting through the roof lately. One surefire way to keep costs lower – and help achieve green certification – is to use less energy when employees are not present. Programmable thermostats allow companies to turn down the furnace or air conditioner system at night, when fewer employees are present and automatically fire them up in time for the environment to be comfortable when employees arrive on site.
When it comes to achieving green certification, LED lights are all the rage. And why not? They last longer – a lot longer – than standard lights. And the good news is that companies can use them for everything from outdoor signage to exit lights to overhead lights. They might cost a little more on the front end, but they use significantly less energy and last significantly longer.
Green certification should be the goal of every business. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and the bottom line. And the good news is that it doesn’t take a windmill to achieve it.