Savings

Programmable Thermostats

Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways you can save energy and money in your business? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, businesses can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills by simply turning their programmable thermostat back 10 percent to 15 percent for eight hours. A programmable thermostat is an easy upgrade that saves energy and money by providing pre-programmed settings to regulate the temperature of your business in all seasons.

DRIVING You Crazy!

Your CDL drivers are under growing government scrutiny these days. Now more than ever the feds are keeping tabs on them, and your company, to ensure that safe drivers and equipment are on the road. The bottom line is that safer roads benefit everyone in many ways.

But don’t forget your drivers who do not hold a CDL. After all, you have sales reps, technicians, even AR/AP team members who use a company or personal vehicle for business every day. Their driving records must meet the standards of your insurance carrier.

10 Easy Ways Small Businesses Can Save Energy and Money

It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-efficient solution could be to print using both sides of the page.

Shelling out for energy-efficient appliances now could help you save in the long run. Thermal paint windows, upgraded furnaces, or switching to solar power lighting may seem like unnecessary expenses, but can be sound long-term investments.

Asking Applicants about their Criminal Record

In some states, cities, and towns, an employer cannot include a question on a job application asking about criminal records. It is called “Ban the Box” and is a growing trend.

The What, Why, and How of Energy Management

This article explains what "energy management" is, why it's important, and how you can use it to save energy.

What is energy management?
"Energy management" is a term that has a number of meanings, but we're mainly concerned with the one that relates to saving energy in businesses, public-sector/government organizations, and homes.

She Lied on her Resume for over 30 Years!

High-level corporate professionals are all too often exposed for lying on their resumes.

Usually, these lies and misrepresentations relate to falsified educational or professional accomplishments. For example, a person may claim a Master’s degree in a certain field, but it is discovered they didn’t earn it or obtained one from a phony mail order school. Or, perhaps the person claims to have been a VP of Sales for ten years, but it turns out it was a basic sales position that lasted only three years.

Tips to Help Your Business Weather a Storm

At Consumers Energy, we want you to be prepared to safely weather any Michigan storm or emergency. These tips will help you and your business so you’re not in the dark during a power outage. Learn more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagecenter.

Businesses that recover faster, help the whole community recover faster.

Holiday Season is Here, Screen Those Temporary Employees!

If you hire temporary workers for the holiday season (full- or part-time), be sure to complete background checks as if they were applying for permanent positions. After all, even someone working three hours a day can cause irreparable damage to your business through theft, drug sales, workplace violence, harassment, etc. Certainly, you deserve to know if even a part-time worker with limited hours poses a threat to your business.

10 facts about the smart grid: IT's role in unlocking clean energy

The electricity utility industry is undergoing massive changes. Our energy grid has been around for a long time, and it shows. The need for smart grids is becoming increasingly necessary worldwide, and many utility providers are focusing on activities that promote cleaner energy, smarter storage, and cost-effectiveness. This article by TechRepublic includes 10 important facts about the future of standardized clean energy technology.

Check Driving Records of Applicants and Employees

Commercial drivers are not the only professionals who should need a valid and safe driving record to work for you. After all, think of those employees who drive business or personal cars for sales calls, errands, and meetings on your behalf. It’s imperative to make sure they meet your driving requirements or risk losing your insurance coverage.