Small businesses can make a big difference. When it comes to the environment, making your business greener makes a lot of sense: it can save the planet, it can save you money and it can make you money. Environmental issues are important to your customers as well as to you, and people like to do business with companies that are making the effort to be greener. There are a lot of ways to make your business greener, cleaner and more energy-efficient.

Replace worn-out equipment in an environmentally friendly way

You don’t need to make huge changes to your working environment to reduce your carbon footprint. One change you can make is to ensure that whenever something needs replacing you check that the replacement is kind to the planet. LED and CFL light bulbs may cost more to begin with, but they last longer and use less energy, so as you replace standard lighting with these more eco-friendly types, you should see your energy bill drop.

And don’t stop with light bulbs. Energy-efficient replacements for worn-out appliances will lower your bills and reduce your carbon footprint without altering your daily routine. You don’t need to drink less tea - just use a greener kettle.

Go paper-free

Businesses use a lot of paper, and clients don’t always appreciate this. Where possible, use email and electronic documents for business and for marketing. It’s easier, it’s quicker, it’s more reliable and it saves trees. It’s easy to misplace, destroy or just spill your coffee on a paper document, but an electronic document is safe and permanent.

When you do need to use paper, try to ensure that you use PCW products that are made entirely from recycled material (it stands for Post Consumer Waste). And, of course, when you’ve used paper, recycle it. In fact, encourage as much recycling as you can - paper, plastic and glass are all easy to recycle, and it makes a huge difference to the environment if you do so.

Energy efficient pumps

You can make bigger changes when looking at improving your business premises. If you need to update your central heating, for example, you can make sure that you install a system with an energy efficient pump to minimise your costs and maximise your comfort. This can reduce the energy consumption by as much as 50%.

Many small businesses use pumping equipment, either directly or as part of their premises. Centrifugal pumps are becoming much more environmentally friendly by using less electricity because they vary their spin speed according to demand. This can save you money and puts much less strain on the environment compared to traditional pumps, which run at full speed or not at all.

Whether you need an industrial pump, a domestic pump or one for sewage, for central heating or for water circulation, you need to make sure that your next one is an energy efficient pump.

Anything else?

There are lots more changes you can make, both big and small. You can encourage your employees to car-pool or to use public transport - or even to cycle to work. They’ll save money and reduce their carbon footprints. They might even feel better for it. You can landscape your work environment by planting shrubs or trees in any available open spaces. Use biodegradable cleaning products wherever you can. Look into the possibility of green web hosting for your website - there are companies which run their servers using only renewable sources of energy.

And remember to tell your customers what you’re trying to do. They’ll appreciate it, and they may even follow your lead.

By Raj Sidhu, Pump Sales Direct