The Citizens Advice Bureau recently conducted a survey of 2,000 companies and found that 46% of businesses were concerned about the cost of electricity compared to only 16% who were worried about accessing finance.
Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
City Business Solutions is a direct marketing firm located in Chicago, IL. The firm implemented an energy efficiency policy less than 3 months ago and say they are already reaping the rewards. City Business Solutions is encouraging other SMEs to learn from their success and implement their own energy efficiency policies after recent reports have said the worry about rising power costs is spreading fast.
The Citizens Advice Bureau recently conducted a survey of 2,000 companies and found that 46% of businesses were concerned about the cost of electricity compared to only 16% who were worried about accessing finance. City Business Solutions feels that if more SMEs are concerned with the cost of powering their business than receiving funding then this is a great reason for businesses to ‘go green’.
A sustainable or ‘green’ business is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society or economy. Not only is it beneficial for the environment for businesses to go green but it can also save the business money, something that can be crucial for start-up companies.
City Business Solutions recently implemented an energy efficiency policy where they are doing many things to become more ‘green’. The firm says much of their policy includes very basic steps and processes, such as changing to energy-efficient fluorescent lighting and reducing the amount of paper used in the office. Some of these things sound very simply yet many SME’s still haven’t fully committed to going ‘green. Switching off unused computers and equipment, turning lights off at the end of the day and encouraging recycling are just a few of City Business Solutions simply recommendations. As well as this the firm strives to improve the local economy and community by purchasing from local suppliers. City Business Solutions is engaging with all their employees and contractors to ask them to participate in their new model.
“Not only are we helping to stabilize our environment but it actually saves the company money too. Isn’t that a win-win situation?” asks Managing Director Jamie Shahin. She continues to say, “It’s certainly the easiest business decision I’ve ever made.”
City Business Solutions is encouraging SMEs to follow in their footsteps and is offering firms advice on what they can do to become a greener business and save money.
1. Turn off equipment when it’s not being used.
2. Encourage communications by email
3. Reduce fax-related paper waste
4. Produce double-sided documents whenever possible.
5. Don’t leave taps dripping
6. Install displacement toilet dams in toilet reservoirs
7. Find a supply of paper which is easy to recycle
8. Choose suppliers who take the packaging back for re-use
9. Instigate an ongoing search for ‘greener’ products and services in the local community.
10. See if your existing office furniture can be refurbished before buying new stuff.
City Business Solutions is an outsourced sales and direct marketing firm who offer their clients a valuable and personalised marketing solution. They create unique and tailored campaigns that take their clients’ products directly to their clients, engaging in face-to-face interaction which improves long-term brand awareness and brand loyalty. City Business Solutions offers an all round improved customer service strategy. By implementing a new energy efficiency policy the firm is now doing their bit for the environment as well as saving money. City Business Solutions says that all firms worried about the rising power costs should investigate ‘greener’ solutions.