Green Ways for Businesses to Prosper During the Winter
Winter months can be quite costly on any aspect of life including business. Dropping temperatures cause you to invest more money into maintaining heat while ice-covered walkways could prove hazardous to your customers. Instead of putting money into methods that are not conducive of a green way of life, even when everything around you is white, there are alternatives to promote sustainability in the workplace during the harshness of winter.
Organic Ice Melt - Instead of using rock salt, there are organic methods you can use that provide a more sustainable future for the ground water table and surrounding plant life. Many of these products can be bought at a dollar per pound or less. The organic and natural deicer compounds are friendly to the environment as well as animals that may frequent your business. While you may not have pets on site, why not provide a safe pathway on the sidewalk for pets of your potential customers? It could even be used as a great method for marketing your business as environment and pet friendly.
Sugar Beet Juice - A growing trend for many is the use of sugar beet juice on roadways to prevent ice from forming. This non-corrosive, biodegradable and non-staining substance has been used in various cities as a way to promote a less-costly way to keep citizens safe. Not only does this require less material in order to provide expected results, but it is much safer for the environment than other chemical alternatives and requires no cleanup in the spring.
Plastic on the Windows - Just like millions of people do at home, installing plastic around the windows of your establishment can help reduce the air from cooling in the facility. This can help you benefit from natural sunlight heat as well as allowing your customers to still see if you're open. If you're self-conscious about installing plastic on your business windows, promote the addition by putting up a sign declaring that your company is energy conscious.
Space Heaters - Try to reduce the use of space heaters for your staff. These energy sucking devices may make an employee feel comfortable at his or her desk, but they consume a lot of electricity in order to do so. Although there are energy efficient devices that exist that can warm up an entire office space, you should still use them sparingly. Even some of the most efficient of heaters will still utilize a great deal of electricity to operate.
Filters and Ducts - Make sure that all of the filters and heating ducts for your establishment are clean and clear of debris. An obstructed or covered vent, compromises in the duct work and clogged filters make your heating system work harder in order to attempt to bring the temperature of the facility to the set degree. The more inefficient this system is, the more it costs you to operate and the more energy that is used throughout the winter.
These are just a few ways that your business can benefit during the cold winter months. By keeping your systems regularly maintained and efficient, you can reduce the waste from energy as well as lower the amount of money you spend monthly on electricity and/or gas for the furnace. Take a few moments and inspect your business; are you as efficient as you could be?
Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.