Commercial construction can have a pretty substantial ecological impact. Thanks to our guest contributor, Litetronics, here are some ways to make your company’s facilities more environmentally responsible.
Problem: Workplaces often need to have artificial lighting on all day, consuming too much power
Solution: Open blinds on windows or install skylights to increase the amount of natural light the facility receives.
Perform Regular HVAC Checkups
Problem: Heating and air-conditioning systems may be inefficient due to dirty filters or leaky vents – causing them to consume more energy than necessary.
Solution: Conduct regular inspections of your building’s HVAC system and have it cleaned frequently.
Problem: Printing documents uses a significant amount of paper, contributing to deforestation and depletion of other resources.
Solution: Use email for correspondence, and store documents on the cloud where they can be accessed easily by anyone within the company.
Choose Energy-Efficient Lighting
Problem: Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume a lot of energy and are frequently left on when they don’t need to be.
Solution: Switch to compact fluorescent or LED bulbs for greater efficiency. Put lights on timers or motion sensors to switch them off when not in use.
Use Power-Saving Mode
Problem: Copiers, computers and other office equipment must be left on during work hours, but can sit idle for long periods.
Solution: Activate power-saving mode to put office equipment to sleep after a few minutes of inactivity
Problem: Office supplies and packaging often end up in landfills.
Solution: Recycle as much as you can in your office or facility, and choose supplies that are made with mostly recycled content.
Invest in Renewable Energy
Problem: Commercial buildings consume a significant portion of all energy used in the United States. This can put a strain on the power grid.
Solution: Installing solar panels, wind turbines or other renewable energy sources may not fulfill your energy needs entirely. They can help reduce your dependence on fossil fuels, however.
Insist on Green Cleaning Products
Problem: Keeping large offices and other facilities clean often means using harsh chemicals that harm the environment.
Solution: Green cleansers made with all-natural compounds offer the same cleaning power without introducing toxins or irritants into the ecosystem.
Whether you’ve checked all these items off your list, or your just beginning to form goals for your facility, it’s important to realize our role in preserving the planet begins at a micro level.
About the Author
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.