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Two Energy Focuses within One Small Business

Tyler Nellis |

A problem often faced by small business owners when looking to tap into their energy savings potential is being on the same page as their employees. Without teamwork between the owner and the employees, the business might not be able to identify ways to reduce utility expenses. 

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LEED Certification and Green Leases—The Perfect Pairing

Tyler Nellis |

Achieving LEED certification for a building is a significant accomplishment for a property owner. However, the potential energy savings for an LEED certified building may not be realized if the energy usage of the tenants is not aligned with the goals of an LEED certified building. One way to guarantee the alignment between owner and tenants is to incorporate green leases into the renting of space within an LEED building.

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How Green Leases Bring Sustainability and Cost Savings Together

Shawn Turner |

Cleveland, July 30, 2015 – Green leases are increasingly being used by tenants, landlords, commercial real estate companies and others as a way to increase efficiency, bring down costs, and bolster building performance. A green lease encourages collaboration between landlords and tenants to take action to improve efficiency by including specific provisions that address energy efficiency and building environmental performance.

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Let's Work Together Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

Contact: Stacy Braxton |

Your air conditioner is a must in the summertime, and for every degree of cool air you want to circulate around your business, it’s costing you 3 to 5 percent on your air conditioning costs. 

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Solar Power For Your Business

Martin Shook |

Now is the time to consider Solar Power for your business.

A flat roof is the ideal place to install solar panels.  Why?  The panels are mounted in frames that are ballasted to stay in place, there are no penetrations of the roof, and solar can supply one third to one half of the power used by a light manufacturing facility, warehouse, distribution center, or a wholesale or retail store.

Andrew Smyser
Energy News

You Are Efficient, Now What?

Andrew Smyser |

The Dominion Non-residential Energy Assessment Program provides the opportunity for businesses to learn what steps to take in order to reduce their energy use and save money. Unfortunately, some businesses do not qualify for this program. So where does that leave a business? I had the opportunity to speak with one of these building owners recently and was impressed with the steps that had been taken. I was happy to provide guidance on next steps including more advanced technologies and savings opportunities.

Andrew Smyser
Energy News

Do You Know What's Using Energy in Your Home?

Andrew Smyser |

At 3AM do you know what is using energy in your home?  Most people imagine that when they turn off the lights and go to bed, most of their electrical use stops. A growing portion of the average electric bill is coming from devices that we are not even using. Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL) refers to the various electronics and devices that use electricity (not major appliances, lighting, and HVAC).

Nicole Stika
Energy News

Electric Changes

Nicole Stika |

As you are likely aware by now, FirstEnergy Solutions no longer intends to sell electricity to medium-sized companies and industries and will not renew contracts when they expire.