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January 8, 2016 /3BL Media/ - January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. According to the 2015 Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey, reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance – up 14 percent from the previous year.
Energy costs are among the largest business expenses for any company. Simple conservation efforts will go a long way to lower the power costs of your current operations.
“More companies than ever have said they want more information and they want to make it a priority,” said Cox Enterprises Executive Vice President Alex Taylor. “Our survey showed that some SMBs often find it difficult to make or justify the investment in sustainability programs or prioritize them over other demands and initiatives. From our own experience with the Cox Conserves program, I can confirm that sustainability is as good for our businesses as it is for the environment.”
Here are some quick tips that can help any sized business improve efficiency and cost savings.
- Know your baseline. Your utility company can provide detailed usage records that show usage and cost totals, as well as helpful details like peak usage times. This data helps you measure your progress.
- Take advantage of savings. Government agencies offer a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency. Visit energy.gov/savings to find programs that may be available to your business.
- Pay attention. Take note of the natural energy sources specific to your geographic location. Sun or wind energy technologies may be great money-saving solutions. If the sun sufficiently lights your office or meeting room, make a point of keeping the blinds open and the electric lights off.
- Look at lighting. Lighting retrofits are a simple and effective solution that do not interrupt regular operations and often offer a short return on investment.
- Encourage employees. Turning off computers and other office equipment when not in use is an easy way employees can make an impact.
These tips can start your business on a journey toward becoming a more efficient and eco-friendly organization. The benefits start at protecting the earth and extend to enhancing the bottom line.
About the 2015 Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey
The 2015 Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey was conducted in June and July among a national sample of 2,019 decision-makers of businesses with less than 1,000 employees. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 2.18 percent and gauges SMB perceptions and challenges regarding sustainability. The survey is a part of the company’s larger commitment to conservation and ongoing desire to further sustainable business practices.
About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of more than $17 billion and approximately 55,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms). The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit CoxCSRReport.com.
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