There is a lot of conversations being had about carbon footprints, emissions, non-renewable energy and global warming. However, in a sea of information and conflicting opinion, it can be difficult to discern whether your business should make the switch to a renewable energy source. If you’re still on the fence, there here are six reasons you should switch your business to solar power.
1. Lower energy bills
Like most renewable energy sources the cost savings that are possible are a serious reason to switch. Solar power is no different. Making the switch to solar power is one option that will offer your business a competitive rate. Some energy companies will now even offer discounts for businesses who use renewable energy sources and lower the reliance or usage of non-renewables.
2. Thinking ahead
Another reason you should switch to solar power for your business is to pre-empt the inevitable price rise in traditional energy sources like electricity. Non-renewable energies are exactly that, energy sources which won’t last forever.
If we have learnt anything over the last 5-10 years, it is that as a consumer you can expect to pay a premium for products which are fleeting. Electricity is no different and prices will soon begin to rise. Avoid the inevitable and save yourself the money long term by switching to solar now.
3. Incentives and rebates
Business should make the switch to solar, if not for the avoidance of longer term costs, then for the potential incentives or rebates. As mentioned earlier, businesses can profit by lowering the footprint of commercial consumption of nonrenewable energy sources.
If you install certain solar systems, your business could be eligible for an incentive payment or a rebate of sorts. These incentives may not replace operating profit but they certainly don’t hurt any business’s bottom line.
4. Great PR
Being green isn’t just for the incredible hulk anymore. In fact, it’s becoming more and more expected by customers, investors and many members of the general public. As a business owner, using solar power will not only help keep bills down, it also look great in marketing materials and when pitching to prospects.
Thousand of year reports or media reports about your business become a whole lot easier to read and follow if you’re coming from a standpoint of being a green business. If your customers know your support a reduction in the carbon footprint, they make just make a few more footprints to your cash register.
5. Employee engagement
Not only will your customers feel a whole lot better about shopping with you, but your employees will feel a lot better about working for you.
It isn’t just the current employees either. Job seekers are now considering a potential employer’s environmental stance when choosing where to apply or work so public image has never been more important. Solar power may help you attract even better talent to help grow your business, yet another reason to make the switch.
6. Get paid if you are a high user
If your business is a high consumer of traditional energy like electricity, then switching to solar could not only save you money, but might even make you money. Some cities will actually pay your business money for the power you normally would have used, when on electricity, that you now save because of solar power. In effect, you are feeding energy back into the grid, something you may even get paid for.
Solar power can have a number of measurable financial and environmental benefits for your business. It can save you money, help make you more attractive to you customers or even potential employees. If you are on the fence then take these six reasons and make the switch to solar power for your business today.
Road Trip! How to Choose the Greenest Vehicle for Your Growing Family
When you have a growing family, it often feels like you’re in this weird bubble that exists outside of mainstream society. Whereas everyone else seemingly has stability, your family dynamic is continuously in flux. Having said that, is it even possible to buy an eco-friendly vehicle that’s also practical?
What to Look for in a Green, Family-Friendly Vehicle?
As a single person or young couple without kids, it’s pretty easy to buy a green vehicle. Almost every leading car brand has eco-friendly options these days and you can pick from any number of options. The only problem is that most of these models don’t work if you have kids.
Whether it’s a Prius or Smart car, most green vehicles are impractical for large families. You need to look for options that are spacious, reliable, and comfortable – both for passengers and the driver.
5 Good Options
As you do your research and look for different opportunities, it’s good to have an open mind. Here are some of the greenest options for growing families:
1. 2014 Chrysler Town and Country
Vans are not only popular for the room and comfort they offer growing families, but they’re also becoming known for their fuel efficiency. For example, the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country – which was one of CarMax’s most popular minivans of 2017 – has Flex Fuel compatibility and front wheel drive. With standard features like these, you can’t do much better at this price point.
2. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
If you’re looking for a newer van and are willing to spend a bit more, you can go with Chrysler’s other model, the Pacifica. One of the coolest features of the 2017 model is the hybrid drivetrain. It allows you to go up to 30 miles on electric, before the vehicle automatically switches over to the V6 gasoline engine. For short trips and errands, there’s nothing more eco-friendly in the minivan category.
3. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Who says you have to buy a minivan when you have a family? Sure, the sliding doors are nice, but there are plenty of other options that are both green and spacious. The new Volkswagen Atlas is a great choice. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient third-row vehicles on the market. The four-cylinder model gets an estimated 26 mpg highway.
4. 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
While a minivan or SUV is ideal – and necessary if you have more than two kids – you can get away with a roomy sedan when you still have a small family. And while there are plenty of eco-friendly options in this category, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is arguably the biggest bang for your buck. It gets 38 mpg on the highway and is incredibly affordable.
5. 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel
If money isn’t an object and you’re able to spend any amount to get a good vehicle that’s both comfortable and eco-friendly, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel is your car. Not only does it get 28 mpg highway, but it can also be equipped with a third row of seats and a diesel engine. And did we mention that this car looks sleek?
Putting it All Together
You have a variety of options. Whether you want something new or used, would prefer an SUV or minivan, or want something cheap or luxurious, there are plenty of choices on the market. The key is to do your research, remain patient, and take your time. Don’t get too married to a particular transaction, or you’ll lose your leverage.
You’ll know when the right deal comes along, and you can make a smart choice that’s functional, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.
How Climate Change Altered this Engineer’s Life
Living the life of an engineer likely sounds pretty glamorous: you are educated and highly regarded, typically have high paying gigs, and with the breadth of knowledge and array of fields of specialty, your possibility for jobs is usually immense. But what if there was something else that needed your attention? Something bigger than just being an engineer, going to work every day and doing the same technical tasks typically associated with the profession?
For Kevin McCroary, that is exactly how it played out. A successful engineer, gainfully employed in a prosperous job, a simple trip to the Philippines made him see that there was a bigger issue at hand than using his engineer training in a traditional profession. This bigger issue was that of climate change. And working as a volunteer for underprivileged children in the Philippines, he saw first-hand the extensive pollution and poverty that existed here and that impacted the livelihood of these kids and their families.
Upon returning home, from his trip to the Philippines he had a new perspective of the impact we as individuals and as humanity have on the earth, and more than that Kevin wanted to know more. He started to do some research and study these human-environmental interactions, and shortly thereafter ended up in Greenland. There, he spoke to a man who had lost his home in a tsunami, and, who, through consistent weather tracking could indeed confirm that the current weather trends were “strange:” there was undeniably a general warming tendency happening in the arctic, causing an array of negative effects.
The combination of these observations, as well as his own research, led Kevin to conclude that something had to be done. With that in mind, he launched his project Legend Bracelet. The mission is simple: create a reminder of the legacy we are leaving behind. As individuals and as humanity, we are leaving behind an imprint on the earth, and the magnitude of it is something that needs to be brought to the forefront of public awareness. The idea is to have a bracelet that can serve as a daily reminder of the impact on the earth that each of us can have every day, regardless of how big or small. The bracelet has two capsules: the first is filled with sand or earth, and the second is empty. As the owner, you are to fill the empty one with your own earth, carrying it with you as a reminder and symbol of your connection and commitment to helping look after our environment.
We are all impacted by climate change, and we all have a responsibility to help. And it can start with something as simple as putting on a bracelet. Support Kevin on his Kickstarter campaign for Legend Bracelet, tell others about it, or take action in your own way and play your part in slowing down the effects of climate change. You may think “but I’m just one person!” You are indeed. But so is he. Every change starts with one.
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