Business Contact customer newsletters
The most recent issue of the Business Contact newsletter is below. Additional information about rebates, energy saving tips and more is available on the Business Resource Center: Energy Advice.
Are you ready in case of emergency?
Learn how to plan and prepare for emergencies at your business — that’s the main message of National Preparedness Month, a campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in September to encourage emergency preparedness activities. We want you to be knowledgeable about the importance of preparing for emergencies and encourage you to take action.
Is your business ready in case of emergency? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Have an emergency plan and supplies in place.
- Sign up for outage alerts from SRP.
- Learn how to safely shut off your utilities, including water, power and gas.
- Make sure your business has working smoke detectors.
- Look into options for backup generation.
Visit ready.gov for details, including a list of emergency kit supplies and an emergency plan template. For more tips to keep yourself and co-workers safe around electricity, visit srpnet.com/bizsafety.
Plug in to electrification rebates
Going electric has many benefits, from lower fuel and operating costs to safer, cleaner, quieter and healthier work areas. Reduce your carbon footprint and receive rebates from SRP for electric forklift conversions and additions. You can also take advantage of rebates for electric standby truck refrigeration unit infrastructure and custom applications.
Up to $500 per new addition, up to $2,000 per conversion
|Electric standby truck refrigeration unit infrastructure||Up to $1,000 per bay|
|Custom electric equipment||Up to $0.10 per annual kWh|
For detailed program and eligibility requirements, visit savewithsrpbiz.com/etech.
MEDICAL OFFICES NEED A CHECKUP TOO
Nationwide, medical offices rank as one of the top energy users out of all commercial buildings. When was the last time you gave your facility an energy checkup? Consider these recommendations to save energy and boost your bottom line:
- Switch to more efficient lighting. Install LED lamps and fixtures and you could save as much as 35% on your lighting costs. We also provide rebates for qualifying equipment.
- Install a smart or programmable thermostat. For each Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat installed, get a $150 rebate from SRP. Remember to set thermostats to 80° or above during unoccupied hours and between 78° and 80° during business hours.
- Get on an SRP Time-of-Use (TOU) Price Plan. With the TOU price plan, electricity is priced at three different levels depending on the time of day — about 85% of summer hours are either lower-priced off-peak or shoulder hours, offering you the opportunity to save money.
To be successful in your energy savings, solicit help and buy-in from all employees by encouraging them to be energy-conscious. Visit savewithsrpbiz.com/healthcare for rebates and more energy-saving tips for medical offices.
Meet our energy managers
Ronda Bryant is an Arizona native and has worked at SRP for 27 years. She goes the extra mile to help midsize businesses in the healthcare industry know exactly what they are getting when it comes to their energy service. Whether it’s advice about price plans or ways to save energy, Ronda is devoted to serving her customers.
Did YOU know?
SRP is home to Arizona’s largest workplace charging program. Our employees have access to more than 140 charging stations installed at nearly all of our facilities. Collectively, SRP employees who drive electric have prevented the emission of more than 250,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
In celebration of National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8–16, we invite you to visit srpnet.com/evbizrebates to discover the benefits of installing workplace charging at your business. Qualifying customers can get $500 for each new workplace charger port installed (limit 12).
BUSINESS ADVICE THAT SHINES: TIPS FROM LOCAL CLEANING COMPANY
To help your business, we asked Valley companies to share the secrets of their success. James Thomas, president of About Blind Cleaning Inc., talks about lessons he has learned and advice he would give to other businesses. Have a success story to share? Submit it at srpbizresource.com.
About Blind Cleaning is a family-owned and -operated business that is committed to green cleaning methods for window coverings and more.
What has been your biggest challenge and what did you learn from it?
More than 10 years ago, we had a client who wanted us to transport a chandelier, store it for a long time, clean it and return it after other work in the home had been completed. In the transportation process, one of the pieces broke. I had to replace the handmade pure crystal piece from France. We have never had any issue like this since as I decided then that transportation and storage of chandeliers was not in our scope of work. Challenges provide us with valuable lessons by revealing our limitations and emphasizing what we do best.
To what do you attribute your success?
We work hard and set goals. Setting goals — be it daily, weekly, monthly or for the longer term — will keep you shooting for the stars every day. Also, don’t give anyone the power to make you feel defeated or discouraged. I don’t pay any attention to people who tell me I can’t do something.
What was the greatest lesson learned from being an entrepreneur?
You’re not always the one running the show. You need to have a great team, good partners and the resources to succeed.
What advice would you give to other business owners?
Get educated! Know everything you can about your products and services. Be the expert. Read articles and blogs, join industry-related websites, and network with others who do what you do.
SRP VOLUNTEERS WORK HARD FOR THE COMMUNITY
Community involvement is an important part of SRP’s heritage and continuing role in the Valley. Our employees give freely of their time and talent, and they choose to make a difference in the community by volunteering thousands of hours each year.
To recognize volunteer efforts, SRP provides financial contributions through the Dollars for Doers program directly to the nonprofits employees support with their time. More than 28,000 volunteer hours were provided during 2017, generating $98,750 in grants for 140 nonprofit organizations. Our employees and retirees who are leaders in volunteerism are also recognized with the SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards. This year five employees are being honored with the award, each receiving a $2,000 grant for his or her nonprofit organization.
We encourage nonprofits to take advantage of the vast skills our employees and retirees have to offer. Request our help at srpvolunteers.com.
Plant something for less this fall
As one of the Valley’s leading suppliers of water, SRP is partnering with the Arizona Nursery Association to encourage you to experience what colorful, low-water-use plants can do for your landscape and your wallet.
Visit a participating nursery through Oct. 21, 2018, and present this buy-one, get-one-free coupon valid on 1-gallon lantana, hesperaloe or Texas sage.
Offer available at these participating nurseries: Arcadia Color Garden, A&P, Berridge, Black Mountain, Elgin, SummerWinds, Treeland and Whitfill. Substitutions can be made. One coupon per family. Coupon has no cash value. For location details, visit plant-something.org/arizona .
2-for-1 admission to Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
It’s once again time for the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party. Join SRP every week for Thrifty Thursdays. Bring this coupon to the farm to receive two-for-one admission for up to four people every Thursday in October.
Your admission includes hayrides, the petting zoo, carousel rides, miniature golf, 4-acre and 10-acre corn mazes and more. Food, pumpkins and tickets to ride the train are available for an additional cost. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This offer is not good with any other offer.
For directions and details, visit schnepffarms.com or call (480) 987-3100.