You may already know that we often talk about home energy efficiency and the benefits of ENERGY STAR®. Small business owners can easily practice some of the same principles. After all, business energy efficiency helps your businesses be more environmentally friendly and control costs.
But there are even more ways to boost your bottom line by thinking green. For starters, make sure your customers know about your responsible practices. People support businesses that do the right thing for the environment. It’s one of the reasons why we’re proud of our efforts to earn the ENERGY STAR® rating for our corporate headquarters. And it’s also part of why we worked hard to earn our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
On way to tout your business energy efficiency efforts is to become an ENERGY STAR® yourself:
What it Takes to Be an ENERGY STAR®
To become a certified ENERGY STAR® facility, your building must meet certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, which include three categories:
- Building Characterization — the kind of building your small business uses
- Operating Characteristics — criteria like square footage, hours of operation, number of employees and other basic business characteristics
- Energy Data — you must submit data about how your business uses all types of energy, not just electricity.
Every year, the EPA makes it a point to publicize the buildings and plants that meet ENERGY STAR® standards. Small business owners that earn this distinction show a clear commitment to the environment — and they get extra publicity for it.
To help your business get started, TXU Energy can help you understand how your business uses electricity with several convenient usage tools for small business.
What is your business doing to conserve energy? Do your customers know about it? Let us know in the comments section.