Consider investing in a Green Franchise!
As you are thinking about making an investment in a new franchise business, have you thought about a franchise that sells a “green” product or service – in other words, one that benefits or doesn’t hurt the environment?
You should probably think about that as:
- According to a recent Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker (2012) 69% of American consumers always or sometimes take the environment into consideration when making choices about what products or services to buy.
- Globally, a report from 2014 says that 55% of consumers across 60 countries are willing to pay higher prices for goods from environmentally conscious companies.
- According to a Nielsen Global Survey in 2015 with 30,000 Millennials, 66% of global respondents say they’re willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, up from 55% in 2014, and 50% in 2013.
- And there is more, check out these statistics published in the Small business sustainability report (2013) by Big Green Opportunity (biggreenopportunity.org):
More people are making their homes energy efficient, driving more fuel efficient cars, focusing more on recycling, and buying products that are healthier and less harmful to society and the environment. Such a rapid expansion in green-conscious customers has spurred a surge of companies making green claims, including franchise companies.
One industry that is booming in the Green space is the Solar industry. We interviewed Mr. Mike Berry, Senior Energy Advisor at Southern California Solar (Bio at the end of the article), who is an expert in Photo Voltaic Solar Systems and the Solar industry, to understand why customers are showing such an increasing interest in Solar energy. According to Mike:
”Besides the obvious effect on the environment of going solar (making your own electricity and not having to buy it from your Utility that gets it from an air polluting power plant) there are savings to be had by turning the tables on your Utility and having them buy the excess energy generated by your system. Because your solar array makes more free nonpolluting power in the sunny months and the excess is credited to your account, it is still possible to get a zero usage bill at the end of your one year billing cycle. This reduces your Utilities’ role to being a storage facility for your excess energy until your home needs it.
NET METERING (as described in the previous paragraph), government incentives, and the skyrocketing cost of electricity, make it possible for those solar customers who purchase a system to get their return on investment (ROI) in 5 to 6 years. If you finance your purchase, 7 to 9 years. Those products such as Solar leases and Power Purchase agreements will take longer. Now more than ever is the time to go solar. The advances in technology and the 25 year warranties on the products make it even more advantages for the consumer.”
5 GREEN FRANCHISES WE SELECTED:
We are listing here some of the hot franchise concepts to be considered by someone interested in this business arena:
PESTMASTER: Pest control providers have hundreds of pesticides to choose from. Price, toxicity, target, and effectiveness range greatly and it is up to the provider to learn and understand which products will control specific pest problems best while minimizing their overall footprint. Pestmaster Services Franchises use products with the most advanced science to effectively control target pests with either non-toxic or low-toxic EPA ratings. The possible risk to humans and pets is minimized because these products target very specific areas and functions of insects and rodents. The ecological effects (toxicity to birds and fish and pesticide bioaccumulation) and environmental fate (the persistence of pesticides in soil, breakdown in plants and solubility in water) is either minimal or nil. The commitment to seeking out cutting edge technologies from science-based products offering sustainable solutions has been a cornerstone of their corporate culture for more than 35 years. CLICK HERE to learn more.
GREEN BUILDING ADVISORS (GBA) – Green Building Advisors purpose and mission is to help clients reduce their energy consumption and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. GBA Owners have access to a suite of powerful advisory and money saving services that can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for their agencies. These services focus on helping commercial and residential clients save money and convert to renewable green energy. Over the next 10 years, millions of homes and businesses will begin to produce their own clean renewable power cheaper than they can get it from the traditional dirty utility company. This shift will become an energy revolution in the US. In fact, it’s already begun! As part of the GBA Program, you will also be able to profit from additional cost recovery services, making this opportunity one of the most lucrative and compelling business models of the 21st century and beyond. CLICK HERE to learn more.
SUPER GREEN SOLUTIONS: SuperGreen Solutions is proud to be a ‘one stop energy efficient solutions shop’ that uniquely combines International and National group buying power with the small town values of personal service, range and quality. SuperGreen Solutions leads the market as one of Florida’s new premier advisors, suppliers and installers of domestic and commercial energy efficient solutions, making us truly a ‘one stop energy efficient solution shop’. Having been in the Energy Efficiency industry for over 18 years the founders have established a solid reputation spanning 3 continents. We are different because we look at energy creation and energy saving from a holistic point of view, to provide our clients with total solutions. B2B and B2C – Strong customer base in any economic condition. CLICK HERE to learn more.
CLEANPRO Carpet Cleaners: Cleanpro is a very unique business in that it is a carpet cleaning business that is ‘eco-friendly’, utilizes a scientific process that cleans carpets in a way that no one has been able to duplicate. Their process works with one of a kind technology called an Ion Exchange process. It dries in about 1-2 hours, leaves absolutely no residue, and best of all, carpets last 2-3 times longer when using our process. The results are undisputedly the most amazing results in the industry. Cleanpro has been endorsed by the Wall Street Journal, officially endorsed by Best Western International, the UPS Stores, and other well known organizations. Their credibility speaks for itself. The business comes with a protected market area, complete comprehensive equipment and business package, and complete training done at their head office in Scottsdale, AZ. CLICK HERE to learn more.
MAID BRIGADE: Maid Brigade, Inc. is a professional home cleaning service with a focus on providing long term regular service to our clients. Maid Brigade is the first in the industry to offer a Green Cleaning system. All of their franchisees are certified to use this system. Cleaning green protects the health of their customers, and employees but most importantly, it protects the environment. They offer customized exclusive territories across the country and will tailor a market size to best suit your needs. Maid Brigade is ranked as a “World-class Franchise”-the most prestigious award in franchising? Last year, over 94% of Maid Brigade franchisees rated the overall quality of Maid Brigade as good, very good or excellent. Their culture is based on integrity and strong positive relationships with everyone throughout the Maid Brigade organization. Their two different offerings are customized to the investment of skill levels of potential franchisees. Their National Sales Center will respond to phone calls during, before, and after regular business hours. The staff is carefully trained to provide estimates and schedule service appointments. This allows the franchisee to focus on team building and customer retention. CLICK HERE to learn more.
About Mike Berry, contributor to this article:
Mike Berry has 6 ½ years of experience in the solar industry, has made his home in San Diego CA for 40 + years, is married has 5 children and 2 grandchildren, and currently works for Southern California Solar energy that through PACE loans allow homeowners to go solar and combine that purchase with other energy saving home improvements such as: roofing , windows, air conditioning and water wise landscaping. Contact Mike at: email@example.com and Phone: (858) 245-3669.