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Where’s the Money in Going Green? Extra Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency alone one of the main priorities for construction companies or large commercial entities. Even though the long-term savings and reduction in consistent expenses can be staggering, the upfront costs, changes in procedure, or even the extra work of getting approval can halt a new initiative in its tracks. But making your lights more energy-efficient does more than save energy; it can also:

Make your building more secure with motion sensors.

One of the easiest ways to reduce energy waste is to make sure the lights turn off on their own when no one is using them. Many refrigerators (even walk-in models) incorporate a basic version of this: when the doors are shut, a switch is pressed that powers down the lights. But motion sensors do a better job, especially in areas like utility closets, restrooms, and individual offices. They power down when no one is benefiting from the light but turn off when no one is detected. This also helps with security: keep restricted-access areas or areas with tight schedules better monitored with motion detectors. Then, if motion is detected, the sensors can send an alert to your security team or match up the movement with an employee who’s key fob has been active in the area.

Draw in new business with a focus on going green.

Environmentally-friendly initiatives, if they’re well-publicized, are good for business as soon as they’re in place. Many consumers, especially because they have access to multiple, competing shops, can plan their spending around the businesses they personally connect to. Some groceries do this with a focus on organics and locally-grown goods, some clothing stores do this with a focus on fair trade and ethical sourcing, and anyone can do this by advertising cool technology and energy-efficiency.