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3 Ways to Become a More Sustainable Cleaning Company

April 3, 2014

We’ve covered a lot on green in this issue as a means for cleaning for health and safety. But aside from ensuring that you’re using eco-friendly chemicals, cleaning processes, etc., there’s also a number of things your business can do to become more sustainable. While truly taking measures to become more sustainable may require an up-front investment, it can offer ROI both in terms of eventual cost savings for your company as well as lessening the impact you have on the environment. Additionally, these business sustainability initiatives also pair together nicely with any green cleaning measures you’ve enacted to give your marketing an additional punch.

With that being said, here’s a look at 3 ways that you can become a more sustainable business:

No. 1 Alternative Fuel

It’s not unusual for a cleaning company to spend as much as $6,000 to fuel one cleaning van per year. And with the cost of gas seemingly always getting higher, it’s only natural to want to decrease this lofty expenditure. That’s where converting your cleaning van to run on compressed natural gas, or CNG, can pay big dividends. While there’s up-front costs involved (conversion costs can range from $9,000 to $18,000), there’s also great potential for payback. According to Steve Poulos, HydraMaster, CNG engines can provide a cost savings of up to 70% compared to traditional gasoline engines. Poulos estimates a 2-3 year fuel savings payback for the cost of CNG conversion before fuel savings goes directly to your bottom line. What’s more is that CNG reduces carbon emissions by as much as 97% and nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 60%. And there’s also the benefit of engine longevity, as CNG is a more clean-burning fuel.

Despite its benefits, there are things to consider with CNG. Presently there are only about 1,000 CNG fueling locations in the country and some of them aren’t open to the public, so there needs to be a refueling source near you for this to make any sense. It’s worth noting though that companies with large fleets can likely qualify to have refueling tanks installed on their property.

No. 2 GPS Tracking

Circling back for a moment to No. 1 above, one cleaning van can cost a company as much as $6,000 per year in fuel. But this cost can likely be reduced by implementing GPS tracking to help map more fuel-friendly cleaning routes. It can also help eliminate gas-guzzling driving behavior and ensure that your cleaning techs aren’t making any “special visits” while they’re on the clock, which lead to more fuel consumption.

No. 3 Truckmount Maintenance

According to Jack Roth, Able Supply, the average truckmount lasts for about 10 years, but ensuring that they’re on an appropriate regular and preventative maintenance plan can help them run better and last for longer. Failure to follow proper maintenance protocol can not only decrease the life of your truckmount, but cause it to run inefficiently, thereby burning more fuel. So it should go without saying that you should follow the maintenance plan suggested in your truckmount manual. But this maintenance schedule isn’t always easy to keep track of. Again, that’s where GPS tracking can help.

“Since (GPS) software knows when the truckmount was turned on and off, hours of use are accumulated, thereby creating a maintenance reminder schedule for the truckmounted equipment,” says Paul Vergara, GPSNvision. “An alert can be sent when a certain amount of hours used are reached for any maintenance management wants to know. This alert can be sent to management, a mechanic, a distributor, etc. – anyone that benefits from having well-maintained equipment. This alert is sent via e-mail, text message or both.”

 A well-maintained truckmount can help you sell jobs based on its efficient performance. And it can help you save money on fuel and maintenance.  

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