Energy conservation is a hot topic for Americans as many of us continue looking for the best ways to reduce energy use and save a little money at the same time. Despite the partisan issues that divide some people on the issue politically, Entrepreneur Magazine reports that research shows 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the environment and desire to modify their behavior to address environmental issues.
As a home or business owner, there is a great deal that we can all do to make a difference in our daily lives. From increasing recycling efforts to attending beach or river clean ups to increasing your own understanding of renewable energy and fossil fuel consumption, becoming energy conscious only takes some time and effort.
Our friends at Entrepreneur Magazine have taken their own time to lay out some interesting ways for home and business owners to turn their energy consciousness into real results as we continue to reinterpret our energy generation and utilization.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
“Going green” does not have to mean going broke. While their can be a substantial financial investment in completing an energy efficiency upgrade, options exist to offset the initial cost “going Grene this Summer.” Emilygrene Corp. supported program PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to finance their upgrade initiatives by negating short term costs with long term reduction of monthly energy bills.
PACE is the perfect solution for any sized business or facility to undergo an energy efficiency upgrade at an affordable price that won’t break the books.
Energy Efficient Power Switches
Energy efficient power switches can revolutionize a home or facility by offering zero energy consumption and Wi-Fi capabilities. These affordable retrofit components allow you to schedule and customize notifications and turn on devices using voice commands. Save time and energy with something so simple as the switches on your walls.
Energy Efficient Bright Bulbs
LED, or light emitting diode, are the premiere energy saving lights on the market that can easily replace any incandescent or fluorescent bulbs currently installed at your location. The energy and money savings are instant, the life span is unbeatable (most LED lights can last up to 20 years before being replaced), and retrofit kits are easily implemented without any new construction for large facilities by a team of knowledgeable technicians like our Emilygrene Corp. installation crew.
Other than your light bulbs, the other most significant way to reduce your energy use and stay energy conscious throughout the day is to replace your existing thermostat with a programmable smart thermostat from leading manufacturers like Nest or Honeywell. With the ability to save a homeowner nearly $150 annually and to connect with devices like the Amazon Alexa for voice commands and scheduling, a smart thermostat will change the way your house uses power.
Solar Path Lights
Most solar path lights come in a full range of styles, sizes, and colors to match your home or business seamlessly. These lights absorb energy all through the day to keep paths lit all through the night. Using these types of lights keep you from having to install fixtures that consume higher amounts of energy. Mainly because solar path lights don’t consume any energy at all.
Low Flow Shower Heads
Water usage is also a big part of your carbon footprint. Saving energy can also be done by saving water using a low flow shower head. These shower heads use pressure compensation technology to keep a consistent flow of water during your shower while reducing your overall use. This is yet another way to save money and put it toward that much needed family vacation this Summer.