Go green with energy-saving tips for your business!

America ranks first for energy waste at 57%. According to Forbes, this costs businesses and households an estimated $130 billion a year.

As a business owner, you want to help the environment while also reducing unnecessary spending. Maybe you’ve gone paperless for most of your communication, or are encouraging employees to bike or carpool to work. Now it’s time to take the next step towards a greener future with these energy-saving tips:

Monitor your lighting.

Looking for a simple solution? Turn off your lights when they’re not in use. Flipping the switch, along with using natural daylight as much as possible, is the easiest way to conserve energy.

Consider switching out your current light bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps. The Small Business Association reports that CFLs cost about 75 percent less to operate and last 10 times as long.

Turn off your tech.

Even when the office clears for the day, all of your computers, printers and other tech devices continue using energy. According to USA Today, this energy drain can account for up to 10 percent of your energy costs. Start a policy requiring employees to turn off their devices when they leave for the day.

Switch to more efficient appliances.

When making decisions about energy efficiency, common appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers are often overlooked. Look for the Energy Star label to find the most efficient equipment and appliances, which use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than other models.

Control your heating and cooling.

Invest in an automated climate system that adjusts the temperature when everyone leaves for the day. Small Business Trends estimates that a drop of just five degrees for eight hours or more can save up to 10 percent of your heating costs. Also, make sure to get a bi-annual HVAC check.

If your business needs capital to make it more energy efficient, your first meeting should be with a Northwest commercial lender. Visit our commercial lending page for more information.