Energy

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.

10 Easy Ways Small Businesses Can Save Energy and Money

It's easy for small businesses to be energy-conscious and save money at the same time. We've all received emails with signatures that ask, "Do you really need to print this email?" If you do have to, an easy, cost-efficient solution could be to print using both sides of the page.

Shelling out for energy-efficient appliances now could help you save in the long run. Thermal paint windows, upgraded furnaces, or switching to solar power lighting may seem like unnecessary expenses, but can be sound long-term investments.

10 facts about the smart grid: IT's role in unlocking clean energy

The electricity utility industry is undergoing massive changes. Our energy grid has been around for a long time, and it shows. The need for smart grids is becoming increasingly necessary worldwide, and many utility providers are focusing on activities that promote cleaner energy, smarter storage, and cost-effectiveness. This article by TechRepublic includes 10 important facts about the future of standardized clean energy technology.

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Lowers Fuel Costs and Could Create Jobs

“Five years ago, estimates suggested there was only a 25-year supply of natural gas remaining.  However, with the discovery of natural gas production from shale rock, the estimate is now at over 100 years supply of natural gas.”  MSU graduate Jeff Cook, president of Southwestern Oil Company of Greenville, Mich.

Extreme Proposal to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing Fails to Make 2014 Ballot

Thursday, October 10 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to report that its aggressive statewide education campaign to protect Michigan’s energy future worked as proponents seeking to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan gathered only 27 percent of the minimum required signatures to put a hydraulic fracturing ban on the 2014 ballot.

Michigan Chamber Launches Statewide Campaign to Protect Michigan's Energy Future

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a statewide voter education campaign, called “Protect Michigan’s Energy Future.”  The campaign includes billboards, posted across the state, as well as a website (www.michamber.com/energyindependence) to help educate voters about the benefits of energy production in Michigan.