Small business owners are being squeezed in all directions. Customers are spending less, costs keep going up, and margins continue to shrink. To succeed in small business today you need to work smarter and run your business more efficiently.
That’s good general advice for running your business, but it is particularly true when applied to building operations and energy. Most small business owners are behind the curve when it comes to improving building performance and reducing operating costs. It takes money to save money, and lately, the money is just not there. Sound familiar?
“Most small business owners are behind the curve when it comes to improving building performance and reducing operating costs”
Surprisingly, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little effort and a little help from a good consultant like Alpine Green Solutions, smart business owners are reducing their energy costs, increasing their profits, and improving the value of their properties. In many cases there is little upfront cost, and the improvements start generating savings within just a few months.
Sound too good to be true? Most businesses resign themselves to the fact that the energy they use every month is a fixed cost, and that fixed cost keeps going up. In fact, most of us end up paying for energy inefficiency every month, much to the utility providers benefit. Businesses tweak their usage here or there, but never achieve lasting cost reductions without significant investment in new equipment, and money is tight.
The Alpine program uses a whole building approach to tackle this challenge. We analyze energy usage, assess your building, equipment and how it operates, we repair and tune-up HVAC and refrigeration equipment, we improve the efficiency of lighting, we install controls and monitoring to make sure everything operates efficiently, and we educate employees and building occupants about how they can help save money and make the business more profitable.
Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for the small business owner. Alpine provides a customized, turnkey program that includes project financing. The program is cashflow positive for the business owner within months of completion. Options range from simple five-year lease agreements, to longer term Alpine Energy Partners agreements that include all new equipment and full maintenance packages. Many small businesses opt for a shorter term lease agreement, but for owners of older buildings with aging equipment, the Alpine Energy Partners agreements are a cost effective way to do capital building improvements. In each case, businesses spend less on energy every month.
When profit margins are tight, a reduction in annual energy costs is significant to the bottom line. Smart business owners know that with a little ingenuity, the right approach, and programs from folks like Alpine Green Solutions, they can increase profits and add value to their business.