Category Archives: Energy Choice

What You Need to Know About Net Metering

net-metering-smWhether you’re the head of a business or the head of a household, there are many reasons to consider making renewables a part of your home or facility’s energy infrastructure.  Thanks to technological advancements in solar, wind and storage capabilities, as well as streamlined manufacturing processes, renewables have never come at a better value.  And there are environmental benefits in decreasing reliance on the utility electric grid.  If you’re a business leader, making renewable energy a staple of your operation can even improve consumer perception of your brand.
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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Energy

trash-smA confluence of factors has led to the rapid adoption of green energy solutions in recent years.  The cost of installing and maintaining systems continues to drop as manufacturing of green products becomes streamlined.  Technological advances have led to more efficient systems capable of greater energy creation.  Integrating a variety of alternative energy sources adds fuel diversity to our energy grid.  And many individuals point to alternative energy as a critical step in building sustainable and environmentally-friendly infrastructure.
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Why Must Green Initiatives be a Lynchpin of Your Business Strategy in 2017?

why-must-green-smWith the end of the year upon us, business leaders across the country are taking time to reflect upon the past 12 months and develop a blueprint for success heading into 2017.  Driving this process is the ever-present need to increase profitability, so it is natural to first look at how the organization can simultaneously increase revenues and cut costs.  And while it would be easy to suggest you should raise prices or reduce operational expenses, taking such actions can lead to the estrangement of your brand from customers and personnel.
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What’s Driving America’s Clean Energy Revolution?

amercia-clean-energy-smLate last year, the U.S. Department of Energy released its annual update on the nation’s progress on clean energy initiatives.  The report states, “As the federal government and industry made long-term investments to support those (clean energy) technologies, some critics became impatient, claiming a clean energy future would ‘always be five years away.’  Today, the clean energy future has arrived.”
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Four Common Misconceptions of the Electric Car

electic-car-smThe pace of innovation never ceases to amaze.  However, the rate of technology adoption often fails to keep pace with rate of development.  In order for an emerging technological advancement to break through into the mainstream, it must provide a clear benefit to the multitudes of potential users, be relatively easy to understand, and, of course, fall within the budget constraints of the average individual.  Meeting such criteria is difficult with transformative innovations.  Early iterations are often less user-friendly and more costly than later rollouts, and many people resist changing from something they’re familiar with to something unknown.
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How Companies Are Using Energy Management to Get Ahead

lumber-smAt Weyerhaeuser Santiam Lumber Mill in Lebanon, Oregon, a small team of employees meet regularly to talk about something other than lumber.  Headed by an “Energy Champion,” the group is committed to finding ways for the mill to reduce its energy consumption.  Its strategic energy management tactics range from changing human behaviors (manually turning lights and equipment off when not in use) to implementing mechanical controls to turn systems off when not in use and replacing inefficient lighting fixtures.  The team’s efforts have paid off.  Since 2012, the mill has saved more than $48,000 annually in energy costs.
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Three Benefits of Smart City Lighting Grids

smart-lighting-smThe pace at which new connected telecommunications technology arrives to market continues to accelerate.  The first website was made public in 1991.  Only three years later, in 1994, the first smartphone was released by BellSouth.  Now, just two decades later, connected technology has moved beyond computers and phones and into nearly every facet of life, ranging from domestic applications to city-wide infrastructure projects.
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October Is Energy Awareness Month: Four Reasons You Should Be Celebrating

october-is-energy-smFor thousands of years, people relied solely on the light of the sun and the heat of fires to power their daily lives.  Then, in 1879, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the electric incandescent lightbulb.  In the 137 years since then, our world has expanded in ways that could never have been possible without the availability of 24/7 illumination.
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