Need some help getting started on your Sustainability goals? Let's focus on Energy! Energy efficiency isn’t about getting or doing less by using power less frequently, it’s about rethinking our power sources so we can get the biggest bang for our buck! The goal for using energy efficiently is to reduce the use of electricity generated from fossil fuels and natural gas, which impact our water supply, wild life, and the ozone layer. This is a tall order for the salon industry, which depends heavily on the use of electricity. While the use of electricity cannot be eliminated, it can be used more efficiently.
Office equipment and supplies are components that make the businesses run. These items include but are not limited to: computers, printers, fax and copy machines, paper, ink, folders, and pens. Also included are partnerships with printing companies who supply business cards, service menus, and other marketing materials. Consider high efficiency and eco-friendly practices when purchasing these items. Also consider doing business with companies who share your commitment to a better environment.
Service appliances are tools considered to be responsible for the mainstay of the salon/spa business. Energy use from these appliances will fluctuate with time of day, week, and seasons and it will also grow as the business itself grows. Service appliance tool manufacturers are beginning to offer eco-friendly options, make sure your values and preferences are known to them.
General appliances include: washers and dryers, refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, and coffee makers. It’s easier to find energy saving options in the appliance category. Make informed purchasing decisions.
Mechanicals include heating and air-conditioning units as well as hot water systems. Energy efficient product offerings update on a continual basis, the present year’s model is usually more efficient then the past. If your building was built prior to 1993, before the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) formulated standards for safety and a minimum level of energy efficiency, it’s time to seriously consider an overhaul! The return on investment will be faster than average!
Lighting is one of the areas where the greatest energy savings can occur. Salons use a variety of lighting including task, ambient, after hours lighting, signage, and retail. The right lighting will reflect true colors, which is an important asset when providing color services, and can also act to increase the salon occupant’s levels of energy while reducing air conditioning bills from outdated lighting that throws out too much heat.
So there you have it, 5 areas of concentration! Don’t become overwhelmed. Just pick one, see where improvements can be made, implement changes,…then move on to another. Remember…saving energy SAVES YOU MONEY!