ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices, both for individuals in their homes and business operations. Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings undefined for the bottom line and the environment undefined as typical approaches, EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 130,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR.
Visit Energy Star's website HERE for more details on becoming an Energy Star Partner and reducing your energy consumption.
National Action Plan
The National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency was a private-public initiative to create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency through the collaborative efforts of gas and electric utilities, utility regulators, and other partner organizations. The EPA website hosts a wealth of information on topics including, establishing and implementing effective programs, including best practices and cost-effectiveness tests, as well as ways to address utility barriers. To learn about these topics and more, visit the EPA website HERE.
Tips for Small Business Owners
With all that is involved in running a small business, it may be difficult to see how energy efficiency should be a high priority. The guide found HERE explains who benefits from energy energy efficiency, why it makes for smart business, how to take advantage of techniques and products, money-saving projects you can do on your own and when it's time to hire an expert. If you are looking for where to start with your business, this guide can help.