Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with Sustainability Tips
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, an environmental movement created to educate the public on the importance of protecting and preserving our planet. This Earth Day take a step in the right direction by focusing on easy sustainability practices that will help reduce your carbon footprint, and maybe even save money in the process. Here are our top tips:
- Use energy efficient light bulbs. Make the switch to energy efficient light bulbs to begin decreasing both your energy bill AND energy consumption. Compact fluorescent lights or CFLs are a popular choice for efficiency and improved life span.
- Install motion sensors and light dimmers. With motion sensors the lights will remain off until someone enters the room, providing maximum efficiency and cost savings. Another energy saving option is installing dimmers on the lights throughout the dealership, allowing you to take advantage of natural sunlight whenever its available.
- Create a recycling program. If your current trash collection service also offers recycling collection this is a great opportunity to negotiate a deal for adding the additional service. Otherwise, seek a low-cost option to compliment your existing service. Once your recycling bins arrive, make sure they are properly labeled and distributed in high traffic areas and offices. Next, make your employees aware of your recycling program; inform them of the locations of your recycling bins and what items should and should not be recycled.
- Install “smart” thermostats. Wi-Fi enabled thermostats can be programmed throughout your facility to regulate the temperature and conserve energy when an area is not in use. They can be programmed to increase the temperature when everyone has left for the evening and decrease the temperature before everyone arrives in the morning.