Entry #4: Call Your Utilities Provider

One way small businesses can save money is simple—and it even helps the environment:  Call your Utilities provider.

Spotlight 12/2012 Entry 4 Save Energy

Think about it: If the building your business is in could cost you less every month, what would you do with the extra money?  Most Utilities providers already have energy-efficient programs and initiatives, and they may even offer rebates and other incentives to help you cover the initial cost of any equipment upgrades.

Some of our energy conservation measures include the installation of energy-efficient cooling equipment, LED lighting with power-save modes, step-down transformers, compressed air systems, 18’ ceiling fans, variable speed drives for motors, and light sensors inside and out of the building. These projects saved approximately 685,232kWh and 124 kW annually.  That’s an annual energy savings equivalent to more than 81 average households in our hometown of Rochester—or around $75,000.

These energy savings allow us to put more money back into the company during a time when we need to invest in more equipment and a highly skilled workforce.  Every single energy-saving improvement, however large or small, affects the bottom line. As we move into the next year we expect large growth opportunities that are only possible with adequate planning and financial responsibility.

Thank You,

Chloe Bowman, Owner
Bowman Tool & Machining, Inc.
660 37th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
P: 507-286-1400 ext. 101

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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