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3 main reasons the industrial sector scoffs at energy efficiency.

If industrial and commercial businesses could muster even a 10% increase in energy efficiency, the result would be $20 billion in savings and the reduction of emissions equal to about 30 million vehicles (according to the EIA). With staggering numbers like this, why aren’t more businesses “going green”?

Businesses shy away from change, just like everyone else. But three factors play a huge role in keeping industrial companies silent. Undefined government regulations means costly upgrades might become irrelevant; the demand for energy saving products still hasn’t offset the cost of production; and products that increase efficiency cost more to adapt, construct and maintain for businesses in severe weather areas.

These roadblocks are daunting, indeed, but with weightier costs of inaction, it’s clear we need to find solutions that match the economics of business. And when businesses adapt, consumer views change. So this compounding paradigm shift could probably change the world.

Read the full article on CleanTechnica.com

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Department of Energy (DOE) promotes use of high efficiency lighting and HVAC systems for commercial buildings to save energy and money.

With 20% of U.S. commercial energy use currently devoted to interior lighting, the Better Building Alliance (a DOE initiative) has launched an Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) to promote the environmental and financial benefits associated with lighting upgrades.

In the program’s first year, the goal is to install 100,000 high efficiency troffer fluorescent light fixtures in commercial buildings nationwide. This has been estimated to reduce 3,000 metric tons of carbon while saving $500,000 in electricity bills. The collective light fixtures will use approximately 5 million fewer kilowatts than traditional lighting.

Another DOE program underway is the Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign (ARC), which encourages businesses to upgrade dated HVAC technologies on their roofs. In just the past two years, the ARC campaign has accumulated savings of $37 million.

Read the full article on EIN Presswire.

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Compressed Natural Gas made simple!

Did you know Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is an alternative to diesel or gasoline. CNG is an incredible domestic resource that still has some mystery surrounding it. In an effort to dispel some of the hazy facts that might be circulating about CNG, IGS CNG Services has created a new visual aid which puts the concept of this alternative fuel into easy to understand graphics.

For instance, you can quickly see how much better for the environment CNG is (carbon monoxide emissions reduction of 75%), and there’s even a diagram for how Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) work. Follow the link below and feel free to print out the graphic for your workplace.

See the full article and our simple visual CNG guide here.

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