guest post by Dan Dulik
The primary reason for going green is to reduce our environmental impact and help keep the planet healthy. However, many business leaders can find it difficult to see the bigger picture and wrap their heads around the long-term ramifications of these initiatives. Fortunately, eco-friendly facilities provide a number of benefits that companies can experience almost immediately. Improving a building’s energy efficiency can reduce consumption of utilities and lead to lower overhead costs, for example. Making better use of natural light — by opening window blinds or installing skylights — can have a positive impact on employee morale while also saving lighting costs.
There are numerous other steps businesses can take to shrink their ecological footprints and become greener. Many of these — such as swapping energy-efficient LED or compact fluorescent bulbs for less-efficient traditional ones — would represent only minor changes to their operations, but the rewards can be immense. A company also can save a significant amount of money by utilizing the power-saving mode on their copiers, printers and other office equipment. By going into sleep mode after a period of inactivity, these machines don’t waste as much energy when they are idle.
Making your facility eco-friendlier has a number of advantages for your business as well as for the environment. For more green tips you can use in your facility, see the accompanying guide.
Dan Dulik is Vice President of Marketing at Litetronics, manufacturer of commercial lighting products, including bulbs and a full line of fixtures and retrofit kits. An alumnus of DePaul University’s Graduate School of Business, he has more than 15 years of experience in B2B and B2C marketing.