Category Archives: Energy Efficiency & Saving Tips

The Benefits of Leveraging Energy Services, Part 2: Universities

Higher education administrators today are facing unprecedented fiscal challenges after years of budget cuts have continued to chip away at their schools’ funding.  In fact, funding for public two- and four-year colleges is almost $10 billion less than it was before the Great Recession, less than 10 years ago.  As a result, administrators have offset budget cuts by increasing tuition prices, driving tuition up 33 percent since the 2007-08 school year.

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What You Need to Know About Demand Response

demand-response-smWhen was the last time you flipped a light switch and took a moment to think about the impact of your action on the electric grid?  It wouldn’t be farfetched to say that it’s a notion that never crossed your mind—and you wouldn’t be alone.  While we rely upon consistent service from the electric grid on a daily basis, most individuals don’t concern themselves with how the grid functions until a blackout or brownout occurs.
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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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What LEED Certification is and What it Means for Your Business: Part 2

what-leed2-smAs explained in Part 1 of this series, LEED certification is a powerful tool for the owners of large-scale commercial or industrial properties looking to make their buildings energy-efficient.  LEED provides a series of steps that building owners must take in order for their buildings to qualify as environmentally friendly.  But Version 4 of LEED, which rolls out in November of 2016, comes with a number of policy changes that will be of interest to anyone looking to move forward with the process.
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What LEED Certification is and What it Means for Your Business: Part 1

what-leed-smWhen it comes to American energy usage, there are no larger consumers than commercial and industrial scale facilities.  According to the United States Energy Information Administration, over half of all the energy consumed this year will come from those two sectors alone.  While there’s no getting around the fact that commercial and industrial facilities must consume energy to sustain productivity, there is ample opportunity to improve the efficiency of the buildings.  The Environmental Protection Agency claims that 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial properties is wasted.
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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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Three Ways Green Initiatives Can Improve Your Bottom Line

3-way-green-initiatives-smThe nature of today’s economy makes garnering a competitive edge more challenging than ever before.  The growth of online shopping, coupled with an increasingly global market, is pushing business leaders to find new means to attract and retain customers, keep costs low and bolster the bottom line.  But to remain successful, all three conditions must be satisfied.
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