Reducing your business’s environmental footprint might seem like a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive task - but happily, that’s not the case. There are plenty of actions that you can take which both save money and reduce your business’s environmental footprint. Also, reports by Nielsen and Harris Interactive found that businesses which promote their sustainability practices and values experience increased public awareness, purchasing, and customer loyalty.
If you’re wondering why a parking app is telling you about environmental impact, here’s the thing: we believe in less car parks and more green spaces, and using what we’ve got. Plus, we’re a small business that has implemented a bunch of these changes ourselves, and we believe that businesses have a lot of power (and, to quote Spider-Man, therefore a lot of responsibility) to create a more sustainable world.
To fund some changes that require a bit of investment, Parkable can help: if you have a parking space that isn’t used 24/7, you can earn revenue to cover your greening costs. It’s a win-win, really - use your resources better and make your business greener! Find out how much you could earn from your car park by clicking here.
By making a few small changes and getting your staff into better habits, you can cut your energy bill drastically - some estimate by up to a third. Because energy use is a major contributor to the carbon footprint of most businesses, this has a big environmental benefit, too.
If you want to invest in some extra measures that will reduce your energy bill for years to come, a few good places to start are...
If your staff are driving to and from work each day, that can add up to a lot of carbon emissions. Every litre of petrol produces 2.5kg of greenhouse gases, and transport is a huge contributor to global emissions, with road-based travel alone making up 35.7% of the emissions in Auckland, and transport producing 18% of the emissions in Australia. Basically, any steps that you can take to green your staff’s commuting makes a huge difference. Plus, for businesses covering the cost of either leasing a staff car park or paying for on-street parking, it can be a huge annual cost. Here are some suggestions for greening your business’s collective commute, and reducing your parking costs:
Brody Nelson, Parkable co-founder and CTO, on his e-bike!
From time to time, things simply need to be replaced - your computer calls it quits, your work car breaks down, or a customer spills so much coffee on your carpet that it’s just gotta go. Rather than buying a brand new replacement, look into second-hand versions - you’ll save a lot of money, and give quality goods a longer life-cycle, saving them from being binned.
If you’re in a place to invest in the future, you could also choose an option that’s more expensive now, but will be cheaper in the long-run.
These suggestions don’t necessarily sit in the ‘save money’ box, but we think they’re worth noting because they’re either free or affordable, and have a big environmental impact.
The Parkable office's compost and recycling bins, ft. an array of our reusable cups!
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If you want to go the extra mile in reducing your business’s carbon footprint (and make some upfront investments for long-term savings), Parkable can help. By listing your underused parking bays on the Parkable app, you could subsidise the switch to an energy-efficient fridge, extra insulation, or even an electric work car.
To find out more about hosting with Parkable, click here!
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