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Energy Savings for Small Businesses to Combat Rising Costs

Small business owners are getting hit by the soaring prices of oil, gasoline and other fuels - but conservation can save bottom line profits

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Supply Chain Small business owners are getting hit by the soaring prices of oil, gasoline and other fuels. Their profits are shrinking as they fuel their vehicles, heat and cool their facilities and run equipment.

Small Business Operations Are Ripe for Energy Savings

Common sense solutions can save energy and money for retail and small service businesses.
  • Turn off lights at night. No more "advertising with a lit store!" use an LED sign instead!
  • Consider alternatives for delivery vehicles: Convert to biodiesel. Electric scooters or EVs. Improve driver behaviors (no idling, smoother starts and stops, optimize the route with fewer runs.
  • Switch to Energy Star equipment for high energy savings...and take advantage of utility company incentives and rebates. They can offset up to 40% of the cost! Payback can be as short as a month with some new equipment!
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs...or other energy saving bulbs that fit the application's heat level, etc.
  • Change behavior. The number one energy saving device is the brain! Turn it off when not in use...energy, not your brain!
  • Use sunlight and natural air...it's free.

There are many common sense ways to save energy. Use manual labor for more things...it reduces carpal tunnel syndrome and boredom when you give people variety in their jobs...and can often save in both equipment costs and energy to power them.

Use common sense...it's very green!



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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