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BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogMany companies are opting to go with greener solutions that are working to save energy and money. The first place to start is to conduct an audit of your energy usage so that you can devise a solid strategy for moving forward. Here are some of the areas in which you can focus your efforts and become a greener company. Programmable Features For most office and manufacturing floor environments, the HVAC system is the most wasteful part of the business. The constant heating and cooling can start to wear into your overhead costs. It’s also not good for the environment to be wasteful with your energy usage. One solution involves having your HVAC system serviced on a regular basis and changing out your filtration system. A properly maintained system is more likely to be efficient. How you go about controlling the temperature plays a large part in your overall usage. Programmable thermostats that aren’t near windows and additional sources of heat will help to maintain the temperature while not being influenced by these outside factors. Alternative Energy Sources There are lots of ways that you can go about becoming green. You may want to consider installing solar panels on your roof. This may help you to generate some of the power that you require for your manufacturing activities. Another solution is to purchase and install a . Using the steam to provide your equipment with the energy that’s required can make your whole process more efficient. You may find that you don’t require your solar panels or other forms of alternative energy to produce as much in order to keep your operations going. Geothermal heating solutions may be another option to reduce energy consumption. Resource Usage Reduction Changing out your sources of lighting to LED versions work to reduce the amount of energy that your business consumes. Installing motion sensors on your lighting systems will also help to reduce waste. Another thing to consider is the use of printed materials. Going with more electronic forms of communication works to save you money and reduces the amount of waste that your company generates. You won’t have to worry so much about recycling if you don’t have to discard as much material. Installing programing that reduces manufacturing waste will also prevent rework issues and can help you with your energy reduction goals. Manufacturing processes have changed so that they can be more efficient. Use these strategies to up your energy efficiency rating and take your company into a greener era.