The Business Energy Edge

Tips and tricks to help your facility become more energy-efficient.

Did you know you can save up to 3% for each degree you increase your thermostat in the summer and decrease it in the winter? Keeping your facility’s HVAC system in top working order has its benefits, too – keeping you and your employees comfortable during seasonal extremes.

Additionally, businesses can also consider update lighting systems to more energy-efficient versions (think occupancy sensors) and even install ENERGY STAR certified office equipment, like computers and printers. Systems that are ENERGY STAR certified are typically designed to use less energy, save money on energy, and not have a negative impact on the environment.

There are options to become more energy-efficient when building and designing an office, as well. For example, designing an office to encourage daylighting with large windows and planting trees around the building can offer helpful temperature control. Considering Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and solar energy solutions can offer alternative energy efficiency options as well.

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Commercial energy focus shifts to reducing waste as a means of saving money.

With mounting pressure from states to invest in energy efficiency and a better awareness of pricing models, businesses nationwide are trimming their energy use. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects that energy use will only increase 0.4% annually, despite the GDP’s average annual growth of 2.4% through 2040.

New benchmarking tools can also help businesses stay on track with better managing their energy, regardless of changes in the market. Essentially, these systems provide baseline knowledge for companies to understand how energy is being used. Data can be used for comparison with competitors or to meet regulatory requirements, depending on your market.

Though prices are in a downward trend right now, as a smart energy consumer you know that the market is subject to change. By tracking your energy use and taking steps to eliminate waste where possible, you can position your organization to gain more control of your energy and even save a little money, too.

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Solar solutions can bring renewable energy within reach for businesses.

Solar energy can reduce costs, enhance energy efficiency, and help businesses avoid the risks typically associated with energy market changes. As the demand for reliable, renewable energy increases, the cost of solar technology has decreased due to increased panel efficiency and more cost effective production.

With minimal impact on the environment, solar power does not create the carbon dioxide, methane, or particulate matter often associated with fossil fuels. Ideally installed on rooftops, in open fields, or over parking lots, solar arrays can be placed anywhere sunlight is abundant, providing a local source of clean, renewable energy for your business.

IGS is currently building out solar projects with major plans for expansion throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. One of our current projects being developed is in Bourne, MA. Sized at 1.3MW and covering nearly 6 acres, it will provide local businesses and residents with the opportunity to participate in the generation of clean, renewable energy. It is expected to be operational this summer.

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