When running a business, keeping the lights on is expensive - and we literally mean keeping the lights on. Power is a costly thing, and with more and more business operations relying on electronic devices, there’s an increased expenditure for power. In order to keep your business up and running, you may consider going in a different direction for energy - perhaps up?
Many businesses are turning to solar power to help offset their energy costs. While this technology admittedly does feature a high initial cost to implement, this cost has dropped dramatically in recent years, and can be offset fairly quickly through the benefits. Some data has placed the average cost savings for a commercial property to be a full 75 percent. Just imagine how much of your budget could be freed up to improve your business and its technology!
Of course, adopting solar can also protect your business from fluctuating energy costs as well. Many areas are subject to sudden changes in energy costs, which can cause further budgetary headaches for a business. Leveraging solar can insulate you from the brunt of these changes.
Solar power can also be good for your information technology, as well. Your IT infrastructure, which consists of servers, desktops, network equipment, phones, and other hardware systems, can consume a lot of electricity, and requires a very steady supply of juice. Depending on your needs, solar can supplement some of this power draw. While all of your infrastructure should have an uninterruptible power supply attached, the electricity provided by an array of solar panels can also help provide you with power if circumstances outside of your control cause you to lose power. In this situation, business continuity becomes much easier when your business already has infrastructure in place to help you sustain losses of power.
Finally, there is also the social aspect to consider as well. Many people are conscious about the impact that society has on the environment, and are more likely to frequent, support, and endorse these businesses. If anything, it’s another notch in your belt when presenting your business to others.
Have you considered adopting solar power in your business? Let us know why (or why not) in the comments!
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.