Today, I’m catching up on some industry magazines. I’m struck by, and thrilled by, the dominance energy-efficiency and alternative energy articles are playing in these magazines. I am one of the 95% of Americans that think energy efficiency is an important issue and the 89% of Americans that pay active attention to their energy consumption. While I’d like to claim that its green idealism on my part, frankly it makes sense for my wallet.
Buildings use 40% of energy and emit 40% of greenhouse gases worldwide – and 50% of buildings in use today will still be in use in 2050. A recent report from Pike Research shows that retrofits can provide 10% to 50% in energy savings. This is a big tangible savings alongside those feel good benefits like reducing greenhouse gas reductions, gaining energy independence, green branding for your business, property valuation, and even employee productivity.
You may remember that last month I wrote about a couple of steps I was taking to improve my energy efficiency – installing a Nest learning thermostat and doing some CFL light bulb replacements. I’m happy to report that I’m saving about 30% on my gas & electric bill compared to last year!
If you are a building owner – commercial or residential – I encourage you to take an active look at what you can do. Here are a few tips/ideas: