Most companies are concerned about their energy usage, and those that aren’t should be. Having the image of a green company is not only good for marketing, it’s good for the environment and also saves you money. Gas is often a cheaper source of energy for a business than electricity, so it should come as no surprise that businesses are often choosing appliances that use gas. When you do, it’s important to take steps to be responsible.
Switch to Renewable Sources of Energy
One of the best ways to be more responsible about your business’s gas usage is to switch over to renewables wherever you can. Solar is the main form of renewable energy that’s easy to install at most businesses, but other options include wind, hydropower, and geothermal. These won’t exhaust the need for forms of energy such as electricity and gas, but it will make it so you have to use less of them.
Properly Maintain Gas Piping
Having gas pipes properly installed and maintained is one of the most important responsibilities businesses have when using gas as an energy source. Gas leaks and fires are serious occurrences that can result in death and destruction, so all appliances that use gas, as well as the pipes that supply them, need to be monitored, maintained, and repaired regularly. When thinking about doing exterior gas piping and installation, make sure to prepare everything beforehand. Gas pipes also need to be replaced when needed. This is not a DIY project and needs to be done by a professional.
Use Only What is Necessary
One element of gas usage responsibility is to ensure only what is necessary is used. Work with employees and gas companies to set limits on usage and then stick to them. Offer rewards to employees who set a good example. Doing this will ultimately lead to less usage.
Don’t Forget about Cars
Company cars use gas too – albeit a different kind. One solution might be to not own a company car at all and instead depend on rentals. For businesses that might only need a vehicle infrequently, this is often the cheaper option as you are not paying insurance and license fees on a vehicle. If after careful consideration you’ve decided that your company does need a dedicated company car, get a hybrid or other fuel-efficient model. This will save you money on gas and you won’t be using as much of it.
Being responsible about your gas usage is yet another thing business owners need to have on their minds. Because it can be dangerous, costly and bad for the environment, careful consideration of gas usage and infrastructure at your place of business is important. As long as the tips above are followed, you limit usage to what is necessary, and professionals keep an eye on things from time to time, you shouldn’t run into problems.