5 Reasons to be Thankful for Energy Efficiency
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we are all excited about celebrating with friends and family and giving thanks for all of our blessings. Thanksgiving gives us all time to relax, unplug and spend plenty of quality time with our loved ones and did you know that 10-20% less energy is used on Thanksgiving?!
Now is the best time to take a step back and think about all the things we are thankful for and, no surprise, here at EES Consulting we are thankful for energy efficiency. More specifically, we are thankful for all the ways energy efficiency reduces our impact on the environment without putting unnecessary pressure on our pocketbooks.
Benefits of Energy Efficiency
- Increased profitability– the money that is spent on energy is a major cost of a operating a business. Simple math tells us that the less energy costs, the more money there will be to spend on growing the business; activities that result in a much higher return-on-investment than simply keeping a building warm and lit.
- Reduced vulnerability to price fluctuations– energy fluctuations depend on many factors over which individual business owners have little to no control. Reducing how much energy a building uses softens the impact a sharp increase in energy prices would have.
- Increased competitiveness– in today’s marketplace, competition is high and margins are tight. Every thing that a business owner can do to reduce costs improves their competitiveness. A business that is constantly increasing prices, or worse cutting corners, to make up for increased operating costs will quickly put themselves out of the marketplace.
- Enhanced public image– all things being equal, consumers would prefer to do business with a company that is environmentally friendly than one that isn’t. Energy efficiency can also improve comfort and visibility, improving the shopping experience. A pleasant shopping experience can do wonders for attracting and retaining customers and employees alike.
- Reduced green house emissions– whether from electricity production to transporting goods, energy consumption produces emissions that pollute the environment. Investments in energy efficiency reduce energy demand and energy consumption, reducing collective impact on the environment. Avoiding pollution improves air quality today and helps pave the way for protecting the planet for future generations.
So while you’re enjoying time with your family this Thanksgiving weekend, think about how energy efficiency has made your life better. If you haven’t invested in energy efficiency yet, the holidays are the perfect time!