Beat the Heat and Save Money This Summer

Beat the Heat and Save Money This SummerSummer is in full swing and keeping your offices and building cool translates to an increase in your energy bills. Hot employees are not very productive are they?

This summer, don’t sweat the higher energy costs. Instead beat them with these cool tips:

Keep lights and electronics use to a minimum. Encourage staff to shut off lights and electronics they aren’t using. Having an office full of computers, printers and other equipment requires keeping it cool so they function properly. Shutting down or putting into sleep mode those things not being used, cuts down on the heat they are producing, and the cooling they require. At the end of the day, shut everything down that can be safely shut down.

Upgrade your equipment. Sure, that printer from 10 years ago still runs, but it’s also an energy sucking, heat producing monster. Upgrade to energy efficient models and lower your cooling bill.

Unplug. Did you know that chargers plugged into the wall are still drawing power even if they aren’t actually charging anything? Make sure employees are unplugging their cell phone chargers and other device adapters when not in use.

"Green" Commercial Buildings

Green-Commercial-BuildingsIn this day and age, it is simply not economical to consume unlimited energy resources. Costs for electricity, natural gas and heating fuel are climbing at a consistent rate, and show no signs of slowing down. Furthermore, the traditional methods of building maintenance and upkeep have become obsolete as technology is changing and our social responsibilities demand that corporations take a proactive step toward energy efficiency and green construction.

Those who live in residential neighborhoods have already begun shifting the way they consume energy - including electricity and fuel. For the past few years, statistics have shown that green products, from efficient fluorescent light bulbs to major energy efficient appliances, have been selling more often as people want to do their part to help the environment while saving money in the process. These same small steps can be done on a larger, commercial scale and achieve similar results.

What does "green" mean?

GreenPath Energy Solutions is a leading supplier of energy efficient building solutions—but what does this mean? What makes a building energy efficient? What makes a building “green”?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a green building as a “structure that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout it life cycle.” A green building takes many forms: a building constructed with sustainable materials; healthy indoor environments with minimal pollutants; or even landscapes that reduce water usage. Being an energy-efficient building doesn’t mean eradicating all energy use, but rather using energy and natural resources more responsibly.

How do you know if your building utilizes energy efficiently? That’s where GreenPath Energy Solutions comes in. With our EnergyTrak Apps, monitoring energy use in your building is simple. EnergyTrak is an easy-to-use energy software toolkit designed to provide knowledge and insight into how you are using energy from the initial energy audit through verification of energy savings. Through four different applications, your understanding of your building’s energy usage will be fully comprehensive and provide a wealth of information.

 

Education Energy Reform

The school year is in full swing as students fall into their routines and resolve any issues the new academic year brought. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Congress and the new fiscal year. With the government currently shutdown, government-funded arenas such as the Department of Education School have been deemed “non-essential.” Educational institutions continually face monetary difficulties, and with the government at a discord regarding spending, it is more important now than ever for school districts and institutes of higher education to begin saving.

Energy conservation has a direct impact on a school district’s and university’s costs. According to Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, a typical school district pays approximately $1.25 per square foot annually; for a mid-sized school district, that accounts for nearly $1 million spent on energy alone. Now imagine how much a large state university spends on energy—it’s no wonder why tuition costs have increased by nearly twenty percent in the past two decades.

Reduced energy consumption means reduced spending so there’s more money to spend on proper student education. GreenPath Energy Solutions makes saving possible by serving the education market. We ensure that schools and universities comply with government energy benchmarking, energy efficiency, and energy disclosure laws using easy-to-interpret daily scorecards. Our software allows customers to see what areas need improvement as well as track the savings those improvements produce—soon, you’ll be seeing the benefits of using GreenPath Energy Solutions!