As you may have noticed, we environmentalists are action people. We’re not sit-around-and-talk-about-it people. We want results! After all, what’s the point in talking about issues like oil dependence and global warming if we’re not going to do anything about them?
If you’re an action person like me, you might find it helpful to have some steps to follow that will help you get from point A to point B. Now that you’ve made the decision to make a change, you might be wondering what the best way to go about it might be. If that describes your situation, then you’ve come to the right place! If you keep reading, you will find exactly that kind of information.
Here are three steps that I recommend you follow (and in this order) when you are committed to making your business a greener place through the use of renewable energy technology:
Step One: Self-Education
Self-education is hopefully always your first step when you’re preparing to make a major decision. In the case of cleaner energy, you’ll want to educate yourself on what types of renewable energy are available in your area. Then, once you’vefound out what your energy-type options are, you can investigate the companies that help with installation. For example, if you live in Florida, US, you may find that solar power is the most readily available type of renewable energy for you, and then you’ll find information about the solar power installation companies near you. The internet is a wonderful resource for finding this kind of information. Also, remember to read reviews on the companies you’re considering. Better yet, speak with nearby business owners who are already using renewable energy, and find out what path they took and what advice they can offer.
Step Two: Following the Incentives
Once you’ve educated yourself on the options, it’s time to make sure you can make this change work with your bottom line. While the least expensive forms of renewable energy are hydro-electric and geothermal, you may actually be better off in the long run if you invest in a different option. This is because there may be tax cuts or grants in your area to incentivize the usage of a particular cleaner energy. Organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provide small businesses with the resources that they need to apply for financing options, tax credits, and rebates. It’s important to make sure that you’re as informed as possible before you make a purchase. Otherwise, you might miss out!
Step Three: Letting People Know
Of course, you’re not the only person in the world who is concerned about our environment. Once you’ve made the change to a cleaner energy source, be sure to let people know. This may mean posting a press release through your social media channels and updating the “about us” section of your website. You can take it a step further by aligning yourself with a green business alliance and advertising and networking through them. This will help the right people get ahold of this important information about your company. As you see the positive feedback that you receive, you will be encouraged to continue making your business more and more earth friendly.
Now you know where to begin, and you know where you want to go. Nothing is stopping you from taking that first step. Begin educating yourself on the possibilities for your business. What kinds of energy, incentives, and alliances are available to you? You’ll never know unless you take the time to seek out the information for yourself.