Energy Rebates Offer ROI in Myriad Ways

Business owners these days are watching overhead go up, up, up -- while accounts receivables are flat, or worse. There have to be a way to spend less or make more, right?

Perhaps. But, there's another option. Companies can increase the return on investment for things they need and want for their businesses - especially when the business is moving shop.

When it's time to relocate, consider using the "green" card. The government and individual vendors often offer valuable rebates to companies making energy efficient improvements to a new or existing building.

Therefore, when you are looking to relocate your company, think outside the usual real estate box. While a company may have many reasons to say "no" to a property that doesn't fit every single criterion on the list, financial incentives may be a great reason to say "yes."

Consider space that is ripe for efficient improvements - new windows, HVAC systems, solar panels and much more. You will be better able to manage and control your energy consumption, decrease your carbon footprint, and, perhaps most important for your company today - decrease your utility bills.

Plus, rebates offer a quantifiable return on investment for energy efficiency improvements.

Don't hesitate to consider properties that you may previously have overlooked. A property that needs work can be often leased or purchased at a lower price point. For example, if a building needs new mechanical systems, a landlord or owner may be willing to really negotiate. They will move their property and your company will enjoy savings on the deal and further saving gained through lower utility bills and rebates. (Since appliance manufacturers are rewarded with higher sales figures for making their products more efficient and utility companies are able to lower their energy waste, customers can benefit.)

Check with utility companies, government offices, appliance manufacturers and vendors to learn more about specific rebates when considering capital improvements to a building or office space.

Look for the unlikely possibilities out there. Consider properties that are ripe for energy efficient capital improvements. You'll be "going green" and "saving green" at the same time.

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