It’s probably a given that the damage Hurricane Katrina did to natural gas and gasoline production and distribution facilities will impact your small business in one way or another as it puts a strain on electricity providers and gasoline supplies.
One of the things that you can do is to rethink your energy conservation efforts and take a look where you can save. Here are a few suggestions from the Florida Dept. of Management Services.
1. Turn off and unplug all non-essential equipment.
2. Turn off and unplug all non-essential, personal appliances, including microwave ovens, coffee pots, refrigerators, toaster ovens, etc. (exceptions are those devices that serve in central locations such as break rooms).
3. Turn off all lights, computers and office equipment at night.
4. If applicable and safe, turn off overhead lighting during the day.
5. Adjust air conditioning thermostats slightly upward.
6. Evaluate and adjust travel plans.
7. Use hybrid vehicles when possible.
8. If applicable, evaluate and implement opportunities for employees to telecommute.
Your employees can assist by applying similar guidelines at home. Turning off air conditioning when leaving for work; keeping lights off when no one is in a room and using ceiling fans go a long way. They also suggest conserving gasoline by reducing the number of trips and carpooling.
This mantra sounds eerily familiar to me (am I showing my age?). What other suggestions do you have for conserving energy. Leave me a comment.