October 27, 2015 at 2:00 AM
July 30, 2015 at 2:00 AM
More and more organizations are discovering that to be energy efficient, they need a comprehensive energy management program. That’s easier said that done, however, as it can be overwhelming to start from scratch or to try to codify ad hoc strategies already in place. Using ENERGY STAR®’s Guidelines for Energy Management as a template, we offer you a condensed guide to creating your own customized energy management program.
July 16, 2015 at 2:00 AM
When looking at the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, it makes sense to divide the advantages into two realms—macro and micro. The macro benefits, which refer to environmental and societal benefits, are discussed here.
June 25, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) relates to who a company is, what it believes in and how it’s doing business. These days, it’s central to a company’s reputation and can be used to help establish trust and goodwill amongst stakeholders. Surprisingly, according to a study by the Reputation Institute, a private global consulting firm based in New York, your willingness to buy, recommend, work for and invest in a company is driven 60 percent by your perceptions of the company—or its reputation—and only 40 percent by your perceptions of its products or services. Thus CSR is an emerging tool for companies to use to improve support from stakeholders like consumers, regulators, the financial community and employees. Here are three of the top contenders for best CSR practices.
May 28, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) challenges the purely capitalist based approach to business, which is to maximize profits while minimizing expenses. However, as the importance of CSR grows, an emerging definition of business challenges the purely profit-based model. CSR defines the role of business as one that creates value for its shareholders, but in such a way that it also creates value for society, manifesting itself as a win-win proposition.
May 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM
MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa can receive utility rebates of up to 80% for fluorescent to LED high bay lighting replacement projects under the utility's non-residential custom energy efficiency program.This is a great opportunity for cold storage, warehouse, food processing, plastics and other manufacturing facilities to upgrade to LEDs, even if your facility already has T-8 or T-5 fluorescent high bay lighting.
May 12, 2015 at 2:30 AM
In the modern business world, it’s not enough to be effective and successful—you also need to be a good citizen. And what’s more, you need to be seen as a good citizen, but without making it seem like your attempts at being social responsible are just for show. While many companies are beginning to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, not all of them are considering how to pull them off with true integrity.
May 7, 2015 at 2:00 AM
Most companies put a lot of emphasis on managing operations, finances and other traditional industry functions. But when it comes to energy management—not so much. That’s changing, and energy management is on a rising tide of acceptance, if not commitment. Companies are generally more receptive to energy improvements than they were 15 to 20 years ago. Still, several barriers get in the way of fully embracing energy improvements, especially when it comes to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Although multifold and complex, the list below enumerates a few of the bigger obstacles in some depth.
May 2, 2015 at 6:41 AM
Retrocomissioning, or RCx, is a process of improving the building energy efficiency and occupant comfort by focusing on low to no cost opportunities that addresses common but subtle operational problems. Under their RCx program, Southern California Edison (SCE) offers two types of incentives to help commercial customers implement RCx measures in a more cost effective way:
May 1, 2015 at 6:40 AM
Retrocomissioning, or RCx, is a process of improving the building energy efficiency and occupant comfort by focusing on low to no cost opportunities that address common but subtle operational problems. Salt River Project's (SRP’s) Business Solutions Retrocommissioning Program is a “service-rebate” program designed to help commercial and industrial customers plan and implement RCx projects in a cost effective way. SRP covers the 100% cost for a Qualified Service Provider (QSP) to investigate and identify savings opportunities.