Nicole Stika
Energy News

Changes to Your Electric Bill

Nicole Stika |

You may have noticed that your electric bill now contains a few charges that you had not seen before.  Well, they have always been there, you may not have known about them.  New information on your bill shows specific charges for the costs of energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and renewable energy. These charges are not new, but are and previously were consolidated with other charges on your bill.

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3 Steps to Budgeting Long Term for Your Electricity Spend

Phil Orend, OnDemand Energy Solutions |

Understanding that budgeting for a small business can be a major undertaking.  The energy that powers your business is a large expense that factors into your long term budget.  But determining your budget doesn’t have to be a major task.  Follow these three steps to help you establish your energy budget.

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Shining a Light on the LED Alternative

COSE Energy Team |

For more than 100 years, fluorescent bulbs have been the go-to lighting source for scores of businesses. But is it the best source? A recent report from Energy Focus, Inc., titled “LED Lighting Sets the New Standard” points out the many positives associated with LED lighting.

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Beyond Savings: Energy Efficiency Offers Range of Benefits

COSE Energy Team |

The benefits of energy efficiency are not one-dimensional and extend beyond just energy savings. In fact, a recent white paper published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) identified a number of ancillary positives that arise from a business being more energy conscious.

Nicole Stika
Energy News

How can you look to the future without thinking about the Internet of Things?

Nicole Stika |

More often than not, our energy auditors find that most buildings we assess for energy conservation opportunities could easily benefit from the new technologies of advanced controls for lighting, HVAC, and general monitoring though building automation. We hear from the employees their area is too hot or too cold depending on the season and the building never seems to feel comfortable or balanced. On the other side is the employer who frequently finds the thermostat has been adjusted by the employees and they leave it set too warm or too cold overnight and the weekends. Can you relate?

Nicole Stika
Energy News

5 ways to drive energy efficiency at your business in 2016

Nicole Stika |
The energy market has slipped into new low territory as cold air remains trapped in Canada with mild U.S. temps now stretching into the New Year. We experienced near record mild temperature trends in December that remain broadly based across the eastern 2/3 of the US and forcing the cost of the natural gas futures to curve downward into 14-year lows. Still, there are ways for your business to continue to drive down usage and build up your bottom line. Here are five things you can start doing today that will help keep your energy costs in check during 2016.
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Creekside Restaurant and Bar

Stacy Braxton |

Creekside Restaurant and Bar has been serving customers in Northeast Ohio delicious food and beverages for 24 years. As long time Brecksville residents, Matt and Shirley Harper have been dedicated to making Creekside Restaurant and Bar an integral member of their local communities. They take great pride in the business they have developed and continue looking forward to serving their customers for many years to come. As they continue to meet the needs of their customers and diversify their offerings, the restaurant offers a full range of services from delicious dining, carry out ordering, catering, hosting parties in their party room, happy hour specials, and offering special treats for dining in or taking home to enjoy for later and/or special occasions.

Energy News

COSE and Encentiv Energy Partner to Deliver Energy Efficiency Incentive

Encentiv Energy |
The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)located in Northeast Ohio has partnered with Encentiv Energy to deliver a new energy efficiency incentive program for Ohio’s small business community.  Through COSE, Ohio businesses can qualify for regional incentives that can help reduce the overall cost of an energy efficiency project.  These incentives are available by aggregating multiple projects and leveraging the energy efficiency forward capacity market through the regional grid operator, PJM. This incentive program is a good project funding source that is often overlooked.  
Andrew Smyser
Energy News

The Benefits of Solar: A Case Study

Andrew Smyser |

The benefits that come along with energy efficiency aren’t always immediately apparent. Sometimes they can take a while to materialize. A perfect example of this is a company in the Greater Cleveland area that found its journey toward energy efficiency progressed in over the course of nearly two years. It started with an interest in saving money on utilities and an identification of areas of the business that could be improved, moved on to the securing of financing and permits for the project,  and ended with a solar photovoltaic array that will produce approximately 80% of the business’s annual electric usage.

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4 Steps to Complete a Whole-Building Retrofit

Tyler Nellis |

You know your building has energy efficiency needs, but like most small business owners, you likely don’t know where to start. An energy assessment often identifies many opportunities for savings, ranging from low to no cost to capital intensive. However, to reach deeper energy savings, and not bite off pieces at a time, we recommend a whole building retrofit and not fearing a comprehensive approach.