Your spring cleaning checklist

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Spring cleaning isn't just for your home. Your business can benefit from a good cleaning, too. Not only can you give your business a new sparkle and lowered utility costs, but you can also enhance employee productivity and customer comfort.

This printable checklist can make sprucing up your space easier.

Cooling system. Time to get ready for the summer heat! Keeping your cooling system clean is an effective, cost-saving measure. If you haven't used your system in some time, dust and dirt can build up in system components, ductwork and vents, leading to lingering odors, indoor air quality issues, and even costly maintenance problems. Have your system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. A clean system can make for a much more pleasant environment.

Windows. Washing windows will improve the appearance of your building and brighten things up with free natural light. The added daylight can improve employee productivity. You might also want to consider replacing older, inefficient windows with new, energy-efficient models. Sealing and weatherstripping windows can make your space more comfortable.

Lighting. Dust on lamps and fixtures reduces their effectiveness and lowers light levels. Cleaning lamps, fixtures and lenses brightens your facility and increases lighting efficiency. When employees can see better, the quality of their work improves. And customers might just see your products in a new light. Now's the time to consider energy-efficient lighting upgrades (like LEDs that use 70 to 90 percent less energy and last much longer) if you haven't already.

Floors. Dirty carpets and grimy buildup in corners and under furniture and office equipment can result in decreased indoor air quality, which may affect employee and customer comfort, especially for allergy sufferers. And don't forget about your hard-surface flooring!

Walls and ceilings. Dirt collects on walls and ceilings, reducing the amount of light they reflect. Cleaning or painting walls in small rooms will help to brighten the work area and enhance the effectiveness of natural lighting while improving productivity.

Outside. Washing your building's exterior and touching up your landscaping will make your business more attractive to customers. Sealing and weatherstripping doors will increase the efficiency of your cooling system. For long-term savings, plant leafy trees near the south- and east-facing walls. They'll provide cooling shade in the summer. In the fall and winter, when they lose their leaves, trees allow the sun to reach the building, providing additional warmth on a sunny day.

For help with all things energy efficiency, turn to PG&E! We've got tips, how-to's and proven resources to help you achieve your green goals. You can also check out the U.S. Small Business Administration's Green Business Guide.

Clean green

Using green cleaning products is not only good for the health of your indoor environment — it can help to enhance your public image. A Harris Interactive poll found that 84 percent of adults prefer to do business with companies that use environmentally friendly products and practices. Select cleaning products that are Green Seal certified or meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program.


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