Make a Resolution That You Will Actually Keep in 2015: Go Green!
New Year’s Day is upon us and it’s time to think about how we will make 2015 even better than 2014. Here at EES, we think a resolution to go green is one of the best resolutions a person can make. Below are some suggestions for ways you can reduce the amount of waste you generate, conserve energy and decrease carbon emissions in 2015.
Including the environment in your New Year’s resolution isn’t just a good personal decision, it’s also a good business decision. Energy efficiency can help you reduce waste, conserve energy and decrease carbon emissions all while saving you money on operating expenses.
Going Green in 2015 is as EESy as 1-2-3!
- Reduce waste through an office recycling program.
Landfills produce the largest amount of methane, a gas that 21 times more powerful than CO2. Almost 90% of the materials sent to the landfill are recyclable. There are many benefits to recycling rather than trashing including: saving energy, preventing pollution and saving money. If Americans recycled just 30% of their waste each year, we would save the equivalent of 11.9 billion gallons of gasoline!
- Conserve energy by retrofitting your office with energy efficiency products.
When you use outdated systems in your building, you are using an unnecessary amount of energy and paying a premium for it. Inefficient lighting not only costs more to run than energy efficient lighting but also puts off more heat, has a shorter lifetime and burns less bright. By updating your lighting, updating your building envelope and your HVAC system, you could have a more comfortable, low-cost and sustainable work environment.
- Decrease carbon emissions by being a good steward to the environment.
By reducing your waste and conserving energy, you are making great strides towards eliminating carbon emissions. The average EES project saves 29% on kWh (energy consumption), with an average of nearly 154,000 pounds of Carbon Dioxide eliminated. That is the equivalent of 25,740 trees preserved in one year.
Here’s to a wonderful 2015! May everyone save money and be a good steward to our planet!