Environmentally-friendly improvements to your business aren't just a great way to attract clients and customers, they can also be solid long term investments in your company. These improvements include additions that lower your energy needs, reduce your use of resources and minimize your waste. While they aren't always cheap, knowing where you can invest in your business can help make choosing the right improvements easier.

Natural Lighting

Skylights and floor to ceiling windows aren't just a way to open up your building's interior to the surrounding view. By letting in natural lighting you can reduce the amount of artificial light you need during the day. In addition, the right windows can help to augment your heating costs in the winter thanks to the extra ambient heat being allowed through.

It's hard to match the sun for sheer brightness, and simple changes like larger windows or skylights are some of the cheapest improvements you can make to a business. Make sure you choose windows that still offer insulation values, so that the heat of the summer isn't causing your cooling costs to rise between May and September.

Solar Energy Systems

Whether used as a back-up power supply or as a grid-tie relay, solar power can seriously reduce your overall energy costs. This kind of addition will be considerably more expensive than simply putting in new windows, but it also stands to have a larger return on your investment. To find out just what you can expect, contact your power company, or a company like DPW Solar Electric, to find out what rates they offer to customers with grid-tie solar systems.

Grey Water Systems

Used in many facilities as a means of lowering their water use, a grey water system recycles water used for washing and cleaning so it can be used again. This is a great deal more complicated than grid tie solar, which can simply be added to the exterior of the building. Grey water systems will require much of your drainage systems to be re-routed into a holding tank rather than into municipal sewer lines.

Water used in sinks and on-site shower facilities can be routed to a secondary holding tank and used for janitorial cleaning. That same water can then be routed to a second holding tank and used to flush your facility's toilets. This means less fresh water coming in, which will help lower your utility costs. As well, since you'll be sending less waste water out, you'll drop your expenses even more.

Green business practices aren't limited to recycling or energy saving equipment. Those are great steps too, but with a look at some more involved changes, you might find that you can improve your facility's overall profit margin by improving your profitability and lowering your operating costs.