If you own or operate a commercial building, then Earth Day is more important for you than for anyone else. Why? Because you are in a unique position to have an important positive impact on the environment by reducing your reliance on non-renewable resources!
1) Businesses are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions
Commercial buildings by themselves are responsible for 18.9% of U.S. energy consumption, which is almost as much as residential energy consumption.
According to Energy Star, 45% of U.S greenhouse gas emissions is generated by commercial buildings and industrial facilities. This means that about 65% of energy consumption is accounted for without factoring in items such as transportation, packaging, and raw materials.
So by making our workplaces more sustainable, we contribute significantly to making our country more sustainable.
2) Yes, you can save money
Energy Star projects that 450 building construction projects “designed to earn Energy Star certification” will save a combined total of $55 million.
Even if your building isn’t brand new, you can save money with sustainable business practices. To celebrate Earth Day, we decided to take a test on goinggreentoday.com, and here is what we found: Individuals can personally save $5302 with zero initial cost. If we can save this much as individuals, imagine how much your business can save.
If you’re willing to make an investment for a bigger reward, the cost of solar has never been lower! Solar roof panels can significantly cut your building’s energy bills and potentially extend the life of its roof.
3) You can make small and affordable changes
Not ready to start installing solar panels on your roof? There are several easier steps that you can take right away.
Is your building still running when everybody goes home at night? Making sure that the answer is ‘no’ is the very first step to energy efficiency. Are the lights turned off when nobody is there? What about other devices? The coffee machine in the kitchen? Employee computers? The lights in the bathroom?
You can use efficient light bulbs, get shades to help keep the office space cool during the summer, and make sure that your appliances are not over-consuming. Then you can monitor what works and reproduce this in all the buildings of your portfolio. All in all, going green is good for the environment, but it is also good for your wallet. And you, as the owner of a business, can start saving money with just a few simple changes.