5 Tips to Help Your Business Go Green!
Published December 2022
5 tips to help your business become more green and sustainable.
Benefits of Going Green
Sustainability and green business practices are becoming increasingly important to customers. A 2017 survey of 1,000 Americans showed that 92% are more likely to trust a company that supports social or environmental issues. As for your employees, through a 2016 survey on millennial engagement, 64% of millennials consider a company’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work. Not only are the sustainable practices of a business important to customers and employees, but they can also help your business save money.
Making these green efforts will require your business to make an initial investment, but over time, you will be able to make back that investment through the money you save. LEDs use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. These energy savings will help your business save on energy costs. Also, the long life span of the LED bulbs will save you on maintenance costs. As for EV chargers, by charging the users, you can remake your initial investment through the profit of your chargers.
92% of consumers say they’re more likely to trust brands that are environmentally or socially conscious.2017 Cone Communications CSR Study
5 Ways to Make Your Business Go Green
1. LED Lighting Retrofit– Lighting retrofits are a great step into “greening” up your business. By 2035, the majority of lighting installations are anticipated to use LED technology, and the energy savings from LED lighting could top 569 TWh annually by 2035. This is equal to the annual energy output of more than 92 1,000 MW power plants! Not only are they huge energy savers, but they also have a multitude of benefits for your business. LED lights produce less heat, increase light quality, and have a long lifetime.
2. Motion Sensor Lighting– Motion sensor lighting can effectively reduce energy usage even further when installing LED lights. This technology ensures lights are turned off when not in use instead of entirely relying on individuals to turn off the switches.
3. EV Charging Stations– The Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario sees that electric cars account for 60% of new car sales. In a 2022 IEA report, it was estimated that 13% of new cars sold in 2022 would be electric due to a surge in electric car popularity. With the increased popularity of electric vehicles, installing electric vehicle charging stations are a way businesses can support this. Additionally, if your company has a fleet, using electric vehicles is an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
4. Recycle Old Appliances and Material– In Hennepin County, the commercial sector generates more than half of the total waste, and nearly two-thirds of the waste created at businesses and non-profits is recyclable. By prioritizing recycling in your business, you can make a big impact on the environment.
5. Recycle Your Electronics– E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world. It is estimated this waste stream reached 48.5 million tonnes globally in 2018. Recycling your old electronics is another way your business can reduce its negative impact on the environment.