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.
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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.
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.
This article explains what "energy management" is, why it's important, and how you can use it to save energy.
What is energy management?
"Energy management" is a term that has a number of meanings, but we're mainly concerned with the one that relates to saving energy in businesses, public-sector/government organizations, and homes.
At Consumers Energy, we want you to be prepared to safely weather any Michigan storm or emergency. These tips will help you and your business so you’re not in the dark during a power outage. Learn more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagecenter.
Businesses that recover faster, help the whole community recover faster.
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.
“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.
Whether you own or lease your building, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to stay in business. This guide “Tips for Energy Efficiency” by the U.S. Small Business Adminstration will help you to maximize energy efficiency, which will save you money while helping the environment.
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