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Top 5 Energy Trends to Watch in 2016

Energy efficiency is out; Operational Efficiency in IN (and in a very big way!)

operational efficiency2016 is all about integration; solutions that work together to change processes rather than changing a specific technology or behavior.

The major trends for the coming year indicate that building owners recognize the financial value of measuring and monitoring building performance, and using that data to guide operational strategies and make smarter investments.

While lighting retrofits remain the most popular CapEx investment, this year we’re seeing more businesses – both large and small – developing comprehensive resource management strategies to drive cost savings even further.  With the changing energy grid, rising water prices, and tighter regulations, these growing trends can give savvy companies a real competitive edge and improve their bottom line. Let’s take a closer look:

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Save Money on Your Taxes with 179D Deduction

Energy Efficiency Tax DeductionWith tax season quickly approaching, it’s important to identify every opportunity for savings before it’s time to file with Uncle Sam. If your building was built or renovated after 2006, or if you’re planning an energy efficiency upgrade for this year,  you could qualify for a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot! Taking advantage of this deduction can significantly offset the upfront costs associated with implementing energy efficiency measures and improve cash flow.

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Celebrating Our Clients’ Sustainability and Stewardship

As 2015 draws to a close, we’d like to recognize the tremendous impact our clients have made on the environment this year. Through your energy efficiency improvements and company-wide sustainability efforts, you have saved over 7.5M kilowatt hours energy and avoided over 10,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. We sincerely thank you for your contribution to a more sustainable planet.

We would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season and a bright year ahead. We thank you for using EES Consulting to help your business reduce costs, improve profit and help the environment.

Happy holidays from all of us at EES.  We wish you all the best for a prosperous 2016!

2015 Environmental Impact Infographic

Easy Ways to Save Energy (and money!) This Winter

Winter Energy SavingsThe start of winter can be tough for many small and medium-size businesses. Shorter days and colder weather can throw operating costs out of whack, and dwindling budgets make it difficult to implement major changes. Plus, if you’re located in a cooler climate, there’s a good chance your electric rate is increasing for the next 4-6 months.

But you don’t have to let winter energy woes put a damper on your holiday season. There are many easy (and free!) ways you can cut energy expenses and save money this winter – and you’ll continue to reap the benefits well into the summer.

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5 Spooky Energy Monsters Terrorizing Your Building (and how to fight back)

Energy efficiency monstersThirty percent of energy used in commercial buildings is wasted, according to the US Dept. of Energy. But where does it go?

The answer: energy monsters.

There’s a good chance that your building has fallen victim to several common monsters who are leeching off your energy supply and costing more money than you realize.  They lurk in the cracks and crevices, above your head and below, and just far enough out of sight that you forget they’re there. We’ve identified the top 5 energy monsters, so keep reading and learn how arm your building and banish them for good.

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5 Reasons to Add Energy Efficiency to Your 2016 Budget

Conducting an energy assessment now will give you time to explore multiple energy-saving opportunities, as well as the available rebates, incentives, and financing options.  If you know you want to cut operating costs and boost profit margins in 2016, then starting early will allow you to consider the options before you’re locked in to next year’s budget.

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4 Ways Green Marketing Will Grow Your Business

Green MarketingThe financial benefits of energy efficiency go far beyond the savings on your electric bill. It’s important to remember that by saving energy, your business has taken steps to become more environmentally responsible, and customers are willing to pay more for this added value.

Studies show that “green” sells. An eco-friendly image can be a tremendous force in growing your business, but customers won’t know about it unless you tell them. 

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5 Most Costly Energy Efficiency Myths You Need to Bust

This post was originally posted on Business Energy on August 3, 2015.

When it comes to efficiency upgrades at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, we all know that costs can hold companies back.

Dan Parsley, COO and President of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (EES) Consulting, would like to clear up some misconceptions and so he shared this Q&A with us. He calls this: The Five Most Costly Energy Efficiency Myths You Need to Bust Right Now.

“Every month, business owners leave money on the table while they puzzle over the big energy efficiency questions—which solutions, why now, and who will pick up the tab?” More

LED Lighting, Your Secret HVAC Solution

Furniture Retail Energy Saving Store Tip #4: LED Lighting, Your Secret HVAC Solution

By Dan Parsley, EES Consulting

This post was originally posted on Furniture World on August 19, 2015.

blackboard lightsMany retailers blame their rising utility costs on the scorching summer temperatures, but did you know that the lighting in your showroom or manufacturing facility is also a culprit? Keeping your employees and customers cool is a constant battle during the summer months and the cost of achieving that goal is often shocking. Most energy-savvy retailers understand the advantages of LED lighting – long lifespan, low energy usage and bright, merchandise-enhancing light with excellent color rendering, just to name a few, but did you know that they also cut down on the HVAC cooling load in furniture showrooms? More

Maximize Your Energy Efficiency Potential

8.4.15- Maximize Your Energy Efficiency PotentialSmall business managers know that rising energy costs impact their bottom line, but they often don’t know how to address the problem. Energy efficiency is the single, most cost-effective way to save money on energy. However, small business owners have many competing priorities when it comes to operating their business and energy efficiency investments tend to take a back burner. With a potential for $30 billion worth of annual cost savings across the small business sector, this becomes a costly issue. With the help of EES Consulting’s expertise and experience in energy efficiency, business owners address their energy costs simply and focus on other priorities.  More