Part of a business’s overhead, utilities costs include water, sewage, trash service, telecommunications, electricity and other utilities that are required to run a small business. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average monthly commercial electricity bill in Michigan is $641.50, and this figure doesn’t even account for other monthly business expenses. Fortunately, there are ways for your small business to cut back on overhead by reducing utilities costs through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s business savings programs. Contact us to learn more.
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Physical space and business dynamics of the workplace are changing. Employees demand flexibility and employers – looking to attract and retain the best workers – are deploying technological innovation to deliver improvements in the working environment. New expectations about working hours and space configuration challenge the norms of facilities maintenance (FM). Completely open floor plans, shifting peak periods of occupancy, and the necessity of uninterrupted connectivity change the rules for operating building systems, such as HVAC, lighting, security, and access.
More companies each day, it seems, are jumping on the bandwagon of LED lights.
And why not? The ROI appears very high, especially with state, federal and utility company financial incentives, and wasted staff time spent changing burned out incandescent and florescent lights can be nearly eliminated.
Running an environmentally friendly business helps you reduce your impact on the environment and preserves natural resources. But becoming green as a business is not a one-off change; it's an ongoing endeavor that requires constant learning and improving.
Consider these waste reduction tips for specific industries.
Investing in business technology is often a smart move, but should employee cell phone plans be a part of it? Modern service businesses rely heavily on mobile technology for dispatching, invoicing, and communication, but there’s a difference between buying a few tablets and giving your employees something they take home at the end of the day. If you’re looking to invest in your workforce or change how your employees use technology in the field, this guide is for you.
When summer’s back in swing, it’s the perfect time to make sure your building is operating efficiently. These straightforward measures have the potential to save significant amounts of energy, leaving you with more money for your business while maintaining or improving occupant comfort.
In addition to the Michigan Chamber’s two phenomenal programs, which can help reduce your commercial utility, lighting and telecom costs, businesses can also take advantage of the benefits established by Public Act 295 of 2008. Under this law, Michigan regulated that utilities and municipalities are required to file prospective energy optimization plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that are designed to reduce future energy costs for consumers.
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.
As cell phones have become an increasingly invaluable part of the small business world, the average cell phone bill has climbed 15 percent since 2001. Businesses aren’t immune to rising cell phone costs, but with so many smartphone service providers clamoring to compete for small business dollars, the smart small business owner can find ways to save money.
To cut down on costs, here are a few tips to improve the value you’re getting from your mobile service provider: