Energy

Benefits and Drawbacks of LEDs

LEDs offer a huge variety of benefits but at the same time they cannot be viewed as the optimum solution for every lighting-related application. Here, in no particular order, we list some of the main advantages of LEDs, together with some of the challenges faced by these devices.

Three Reasons Businesses Should Conduct a Utility Bill Audit

Most utilities consider billing accuracy the responsibility of the customer, so being confident your accounts are on the best rate and billing correctly is good business practice.

There are a number of reasons to conduct a Utility Bill Audit, including these top three:

The Difference Between an Energy Audit and Utility Bill Audit

Utility costs are one of the biggest expenses for businesses, so it makes sense that you want to find ways to reduce these costs. But, perhaps, you aren’t sure where to start? The two main ways to reduce utility costs are to (1) reduce consumption by conducting an Energy Audit and (2) reduce the rate that is paid by conducting a Utility Bill Audit. Here are the differences between the two:

Business Owners: Prepare for Utility Disruptions

Have a plan in place in case a natural disaster or other hazard knocks out your business’s electricity or natural gas service.

Energy Efficiency Technologies in Michigan Poised for Growth

Cumulative renewable energy capacity in Michigan

Energy efficiency in Michigan recently grabbed headlines. In his March 13 speech, Governor Snyder stressed the elimination of “energy waste” as a cornerstone to moving toward a more renewable future. This speech stems from the fact that Michigan is on the verge of meeting the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) targets that were set in 2008.

Energy-saving tips for everyone

No matter what their role or position, everyone can pitch in to save energy. Here are ideas for:

  • Employees
  • Executives
  • Building managers

Email them, read them at your next staff meeting, add them to your intranet, or post them in high visibility areas like break rooms, elevators, and lobbies … whatever it takes to get the word out!

Tips for employees

10 Ways to Green Your Business and Save Money

With so many products and services to choose from, it has never been more important to differentiate yourself from the competition. Going green is a great way to stand out, but even if your actions don’t land you on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies list, going green can help your bottom line. The following are some simple steps you and your company can take today to save money and decrease its impact on the planet.

15 Tips to Help Your Business Weather a Storm

While spring is a time of renewal, storms and flooding can be devastating in terms of facility damage and lost revenues. Are you prepared? Storm readiness should include emergency action procedures to ensure the safety of your staff and facility, as well as adequate backup power to keep your critical equipment functioning in case of an outage.

Please remind your employees and customers to always stay 25 feet away from any downed wires.

Understanding Your Electric Bill

Understanding your utility bill is an important first step in lowering your energy costs. This guide from the Michigan Public Service Commission is a summary of the specific charges and billing terms that may be included  on your bill.

Programmable Thermostats

Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways you can save energy and money in your business? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, businesses can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills by simply turning their programmable thermostat back 10 percent to 15 percent for eight hours. A programmable thermostat is an easy upgrade that saves energy and money by providing pre-programmed settings to regulate the temperature of your business in all seasons.