Plenty of people begin a new year thinking about making changes. Plenty of these same people also break any resolution they make before the last bit of confetti is vacuumed off the living room floor.
You would imagine that with recycling water bottles, and printing on both sides of your recycled paper using printers with recycled printer cartridges, you’re doing all you can to be green, right?
Possibly not depending on how much data your organization stores-the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that approximately 1.5% of electricity consumed in the US is used by data centers. This translates to approximately 0.5% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from these data centers.
Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are the future of lighting in this country and the whole world over. There is no question about that, since the amounts of energy LED lights save over conventional incandescent bulbs or other types, amounts to a lot.
Rising energy prices are encouraging commercial building operators to invest in sustainable energy practices and related systems.
Businesses and consumers alike are feeling the heat from rising utility costs, but commercial buildings in particular, such as hospitals, shopping centers and offices, have been taking a significant hit considering they account for about one-fifth of domestic energy consumption. While the utilities price index, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has increased in line with the improving economy, commercial building energy consumption has also been on a steady upward trend. Even before the recession, energy consumption of commercial buildings grew a whopping 69.0% from 1980 to 2009. Based on projections from the Energy Information Administration, it is estimated to grow another 22.0% from 2009 to 2035.
There are so many alternatives when it comes to constructing or updating a small business and more regularly we see appliances, devices and materials that cut down on costs and reduce energy output. If you have a larger budget, there are incredibly innovative ways to reduce energy consumption within buildings, starting with the thermostat and lighting systems.
You want to be the energy-saving envy of your neighbors, but installing solar panels and hooking them up to the backup generator is too much work for most of us. It doesn’t have to be that complicated! Here are six sneaky, simple little things to check before you bring out the big guns to one-up the neighbors on your energy efficiency.