Energy Strategies for Businesses

How can modern businesses get the most out of the energy they use?

The question has huge implications for all sorts of things, including bottom-line profits, social responsibility, energy grid reliability, and more. Company owners have plenty of tools they can use to make certain that the organization not only avoids wasting energy but also uses it as efficiently as possible for whatever the purpose happens to be. The following five strategies are among the most popular and effective ways that entities of all sizes use their resources as wisely as possible.

Go Paperless

The paperless office is not new. In fact, it’s been a staple of the commercial world for well more than a decade. However, early attempts to achieve work spaces that were 100 percent without paper fell a bit short. Often, the old habits crept back into everyday chores like notetaking, report archiving, and community posting boards. The newest version of the no paperwork zone comes much closer to meeting the true definition of paperless and making your business more eco-friendly all-around. Inter-office communications, virtual meetings, analysis documents, accounting reports, and other vital components of earning a profit are all digital. That step alone represents a significant reduction in resource consumption.

Practice Comprehensive Fleet Management

Merchants who ship anything via truck or car fleets can use GPS tracking to meet industry compliance standards, achieve safety targets, enhance customer service, and much else. When you focus on managing your fleet with sophisticated GPS systems, you never have to wonder where a particular vehicle is located. Additionally, this type of tracking allows for the use of routing apps that save large amounts of time and fuel.

Encourage Telecommuting

When employees work from home there are so many benefits, and everybody wins. Not only do workers use less vehicle fuel when they don’t have the need to commute to a physical office, but owners can get by with smaller offices, fewer appliances, and almost no parking lot space. There’s energy savings on both ends of the equation when entire teams are designed for home-based work.

Install Smart Appliances

In large working spaces, like traditional buildings that were first built for commercial occupants, the trend toward smart appliances is contributing to a new kind of entity. There are many pieces to the efficient appliance puzzle, including copy machines that shut themselves off between jobs, energy-efficient refrigerators in break rooms, HVAC systems that are fully programmed for ultra-low consumption, motion-sensitive lighting that only stays on while people are in a room, and computers that respond to non-use by going to sleep mode at specific intervals.

Pay Attention to Packaging

The changes in the packaging industry since 2015 have been nothing short of astounding. Merchants large and small are beginning to focus on elimination of redundant paper, cardboard, and plastic in packages of all kinds. Not only are delivered goods getting smaller and lighter, they’re also becoming more durable at the same time. Sellers often employ sophisticated materials that protect delicate items during shipment but don’t require huge amounts of paper and traditional packaging components like Styrofoam, air nuggets, and crumpled wrap.