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18
Oct

When Being a “Control Freak” is the Best Management Strategy, Part 2

In most organizations, half the energy consumed at a given time is related to heating and cooling (HVAC). Because HVAC systems are so energy-intensive, their inefficiencies are also significant. That’s why advanced HVAC systems with smart controls are a must. If you’re a building owner or manager, it’s important to consider the energy efficiency of...
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Being an Energy Efficient Manager
17
Oct

When Being a “Control Freak” is the Best Management Strategy, Part 1

Being a good leader means delegating responsibility effectively, trusting your staff, and focusing on the big picture. Yet there’s at least one area where being a “control freak” pays off. Literally. We speak, of course, of the computerized systems that monitor and control your facility’s mechanical and electrical systems. Like the motion-sensing light you might...
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Don't be a business guilty of greenwashing.
29
Sep

Is Your Business Guilty of Greenwashing?

Are you familiar with the term “greenwashing”? It’s a term modeled after whitewashing and used to describe businesses who spend money and energy on looking like they’re green/energy efficient, but whose actual policies and actions aren’t actually very green. You’ve probably seen signs like this in hotel rooms that invite guests to reuse their towels...
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27
Sep

Why Businesses Need to Lead the Way on Energy Efficiency

As you know, our current administration is walking back many of the environmental protections put into place by previous leaders. It’s become clear that since our top officials don’t place a high priority on the health of our planet (and by extension, humankind), it’s up to the rest of us to protect our common home....
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3 Winter Energy Solutions for Michigan Businesses
20
Sep

3 Winter Energy Solutions for Michigan Businesses

When it comes to winter in Michigan, working smarter and being prepared can help your business save energy when the weather turns. There are also a number of energy solutions that range from inexpensive and easy to install to more complicated and a bigger investment. Whatever your stage or budget, there’s an energy solution to...
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31
Aug

How to Prep Your Building for Colder Weather

For better or for worse, we are starting to see the first signs of the weather changing. In Michigan, this means beautiful fall colors, fresh apple cider, and football games. It’s also a great time to prepare for the cold weather that lies ahead by winterizing your business facilities. Here are a few ideas to...
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24
Aug

4 Ideas for Incentivizing Your Team to be Energy Efficient

When it comes to committing to energy efficiency in your business, it’s important to have buy-in from your whole team. For many of us, we can’t make the changes on our own—it will take the commitment and help of everyone in your office or facility. So, what can you do to get your team on...
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11
Aug

What to Expect When You’re Expecting… an Energy Audit

So you’re having an energy audit. Congratulations! A professional energy audit is one of the very best things you can do to streamline your building operation expenses and rightsize your business’s energy footprint. Calling in the pros not only saves you precious time, it’s also the smartest way to make sure you’re making the biggest-impact,...
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14
Jul

Are You Being Short-Sighted? 3 Dangers to Watch Out For

As business owners, we often get the message that we have to choose—either we grow our profits or we do good for the planet. Not only is this a false choice, it’s also a dangerous one that sets us up to make bad business decisions. If your business hasn’t adopted green practices because they seem...
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