Philadelphia, PA June 29, 2009— releases the Recession Beater for Small Businesses. Do you own a small business?  Are you strapped for cash?  Do you find it hard to pay your vendors or employees?  The economic downturn is prompting business owners to reexamine all costs to figure out where they can cut down.  The perception is that going green costs more money, but that isn’t true.  Let GREENandSAVE show you small adjustments that any business can take that will save a bundle–for free!

#1) Correctly Set the Thermostat
#2) Put a Paper Reduction Program in Motion
#3) Replace typical tube bulbs with LEDs and pay only when you see the savings!


The data is based on a ‘template’ 10 person office with 2,500 sq. ft. so that small business owners can scale the data to match their business size.

#1) Correctly Set the Thermostat
SAVE $230 each year… ROI = 200%

Even if your utilities are rolled into your lease, this is a highly cost effective green office tactic. By pre-setting the temperature you can increase your employees comfort, because the office can in effect ‘warm-up’ in the winter or ‘cool-down’ in the summer just before employees come in to work. Programmable Thermostats are one of the most cost-effective ways to save money and the environment. Heating and Cooling accounts for about 40% of an office’s annual energy costs. You can save up to 10% when you use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically at night. You can save by keeping the office substantially cooler at night in the winter and substantially warmer at night in the summer. Install an ENERGY STAR® qualified programmable thermostat.

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Results are already adding up. In 2006, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $14 billion on their utility bills, and saved enough energy to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25 million cars. Programmable thermostats offer savings, comfort and convenience. Set a ‘program’ for your thermostat to follow based on your staff’s work hours on each different work day and weekend, so you don’t have to think about adjusting the temperature manually. A programmable thermostat that you can set for multiple different days costs up to $115. The ROI Calculation is based on the average US employee generating an annual heating and cooling of $238. The 10% annual savings per employee is over $23. So, for an office of ten the savings is over $230.

Payback Time in Years: Added Cost: Annual SAVINGS 5 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI): 0.5 $115*  $230  $1,150  200.0%

*This cost is included only if the business does not already have a Programmable Thermostat

#2) Put a Paper Reduction Program in Motion
SAVE $1,250 each year… ROI = 312.5%

If you take just a few steps to reduce paper consumption in your office, you will receive one of the most cost-effective paybacks. On average, US office employees use 1.5 pounds of paper each work day. Legal and Financial firms generate 2 pounds or more. Over 250 work days, the 1.5 pound level generates 375 lbs/year. At $.88/lb, the cost of paper is $333 per employee or year. A 10 ream carton of office paper weighs about 45 lbs with 500 sheets per ream and 5,000 sheets per carton. The average is 111 sheets per pound, and the high average volume of daily paper use at over 150 sheets is due to factoring in everything that is ‘unseen’ by an individual employee such as quarterly reports, human resource and medical files, sales proposals, marketing letters, as well as emails, and even printing personal files like internet map directions.

The increases in office paper consumption have surprised many of the research groups that expected the ‘information technology’ revolution to reduce demand. Experts initially believed that email would specifically reduce our demand for paper, but the “cc” factor and high speed printing has let many people along any given communications chain simply hit print out of convenience. Even in a digital e-business world, over the course of 250 business days, average US employees generate a staggering 375 lbs of paper per year.

Time is money, so factor in four hours of administrative time at an opportunity cost of $100 per hour. Naturally, this is an average that may vary based on the value of time in any given business and the efficiency of the program administrator to oversee and circulate the policies provided in this resource. The ROI Calculation is based on reducing one of the average 1.5 lbs of paper produced by an average employee per day, and the cost of a ream of paper at $40. At the average cost of $.88/lb, each employee uses $333 of paper. Saving $125 per employee…simply starts to add up significantly.

Payback Time in Years:  Added Cost: Annual SAVINGS 5 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI):
0.3 $400 * $1,250  $6,250  312.5%

*This cost is just a factor for the administrative labor, so it could be ‘free’ if it’s time that is not spent generating money in a down a market.

#3) Replace typical tube bulbs with LEDs and pay only when you see the savings!

This is the newest weapon in the GREENandSAVE fight to reduce energy costs for small business owners and property managers.

Lighting accounts for about 21% of an office’s energy costs. A single bay of four traditional fluorescent tubes can cost over $125 a year to operate. Just take a quick look around the ceiling and you can see the money leaving the building. You may have heard in ‘home energy’ conversations that LEDs use less energy and last 100 times longer than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer than Compact Fluorescents. Now, the LEDs have come to the workplace. The new bulbs are like four foot crystalline tubes of efficiency, but they can cost over $60 each. So, a retrofit for a 2,500 square foot office could cost $6,000 or more. However, for every $1.00 spent you can save $.40, that adds up to $400 for every $1,000. Even though the payback comes in just over 2 years, the retrofit up-front cost is still a deal buster for most business decision makers – especially in this recession.

Here is the solution to get the ball rolling for FREE. Over the years, GREENandSAVE has forged strategic partnerships with companies that can add value for property owners, but the most recent relationship with a leading LED lighting company gives property owners three choices:

1) Pay up front as in a typical business transaction
2) Pay over 36 months and actually see a positive cash flow each month of savings. (Simply the monthly cost of financing is less than the savings with the new lighting)
3) Pay only on the savings that are generated through the new ‘Energy Saving Share’ Program.

Please note that for the 36 month financing the team has structured the payments on 5-6% to help create the positive cash flow situation.  This is all in an effort to start shifting the wave of inertia and move America in the direction of Energy Independence.

GREENandSAVE is one of America’s leading free ‘Green’ home and office remodeling resources for anyone that wants to save money and the environment as well as create a healthier property and overall lifestyle. Our team continues to research the data from a broad range of public and private sector reports as well as manufacturer specifications and actual user feedback.  Major online resources and the 150 year old Institution, the American Institute of Architects, link into our site to educate their members and the National Association of Realtors uses the content in the curriculum to teach their agents.  Clear Channel Radio’s Great Green Home Show also picked as “The BEST user-friendly sit for Homeowners.”  Our company is the first to offer comprehensive Return on Investment (ROI) ranking and Take Action recommendations on multiple ways to ‘Go Green.’

About Eco Expert—Charlie Szoradi

Charlie brings multiple decades of hands on experience to the culture of sustainable living and cost-savings for property design and remodeling.  He focuses on ‘high performance’ architecture, and in the early 90s, he wrote his Masters of Architecture thesis on sustainable design, entitled ‘Eco-Humanism.’  He has taken a leadership role at the national and regional level.  In 2009, Charlie was elected to the Sustainable Business Network and selected as a member of the Green Energy Task Force, with direct participation on the Capitol Hill Delegation.  Charlie is the President and Founder of GREENandSAVE, which was chosen as one of the finalists of the Sustainability Awards, and he also serves as the Chief Instructor of the company’s Eco Academy.  From the cover profile of Investors Digest Magazine to the Energy Expert for US Magazine, Charlie has simply dedicated his career to green innovation.