Can Your Small Business Afford to Go Green?

Many small business owners are beginning to ask themselves that very question:  ” Is going green right for my business?”   And the answer is a resounding Yes!    No matter the size or type of business taking a good look at the way your company utilizes resources is beneficial to your future as a business and as a human being living on this planet.  When Ray Sands Glass began to make changes and invest in the plan to be a more environmentally friendly business, we found that these changes were going to save our company some cash in the long run!

A few years ago we had an energy audit to help us get a better idea of how and where our glass shop was using energy – some unnecessarily.   We found that our outdated lighting system was consuming much more electricity than was needed to light our shop.  We then made the decision to finance a new, energy efficient lighting system in our shop and office – which was hugely beneficial to our cause and our business.   The electricity savings of $400 a month paid nearly all of the financing payment, and now that our lights are paid off, that savings can go back into our company. Continue reading

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What Else Would You Like to Find at Ray Sands?

Over the years, we have expanded our services from our roots in windshield replacement and chip repair to include many other auto and residential services that we thought could benefit our community.   With the introduction of more services we can now remove those dents and dings from your car’s body as well, or apply a protective film to your newly installed windshield and top of the line window tint for side and rear windows.  We can even restore your car’s headlights to a shiny, bright, like-new condition – and don’t forget the windshield wipers!

One of the more recent additions to our residential roster, our residential window repair, has saved our customers tens of thousands by repairing fogged windows that would have otherwise needed replaced.  And our visually clear residential tint can help protect from harmful UV rays and improve your home’s energy efficiency, while still complying with strict HOA policies.  We also provide any type of custom cut glass you may need, from patterned glass shower doors to tempered safety glass for sliding glass doors.

But we can’t take credit for all of these ideas, many of them came from our community!  Whether it be our Rochester locals, our online readers, or our friends in the auto glass business – sharing ideas helps businesses work better with their community.  Idea sharing  is why we do this blog, and now we would like to hear from you…

Today we want to find out if there is anything else we can do for you.  Are there any services that you think are lacking in the Rochester area, that we may be able to provide?  A certain brand or type of auto product that you would like to buy locally?  A service you heard about elsewhere, that isn’t available here?  Let us know what you want in the comments below – all ideas will be considered!

Ray Sands Glass Wants to Know What You Think!

We certainly understand that when customers call our shop about a broken windshield, that is it often the result of an unfortunate encounter with a rock on the highway, which they are probably less than happy about.  We also understand that after making their car payment and filling up the gas tank (ugh) people are generally less than happy about having to pay for repairs to their car, which, for so many people these days, can strain the family budget.

With this in mind, we really want to know is – What we can do to make it easier on you?  Aside from giving some of our services away for free (we already do that), how can having your windshield replaced be a little bit better?

Since the best way to find out how people feel about your business is to ask them, that’s what we want to do today.  We want to hear about the customer experience in dealing with not only Ray Sands Glass, but other glass shops across the country or even other types of auto service businesses.   What could the auto glass team have done differently to make things just a little easier?  And no holds barred on this one!   From the greeting at the front desk and the magazine selection, to the quality of workmanship and the communication with the technician – we want to know the good and bad stories about your in experiences in our shop and others.

You can share your stories here or on our facebook page.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!