Marc Hoffman, Consortium for Energy Efficiency
A recent Los Angeles Times article about the 99 Cents Only Store contained the following quotation from its CEO: “There’s no question we’re going to need to do something. When you are part of a family that comes up with a concept, sometimes you’re the last to admit that it needs to be changed.
There’s no escaping issues related to energy efficiency: global warming, carbon footprints, consumption. The buzzwords abound. A less frequently publicized, but certainly no less important issue connected to energy efficiency is your company’s bottom line. In short, energy efficiency saves you money; the bigger your facility, the more you can save.
Remember when you were a kid, and you couldn’t decide which flavor of ice cream to get, so you chose Neapolitan: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry in one? It was the best! Energy efficiency also comes in many flavors – all of which create financial and energy rewards for you, and, through decreased energy use, rewards for the environment.
A number of factors are moving energy and climate change from the sidelines to center stage in the business world. Everyone remembers how Hurricane Katrina disrupted oil refining on the Gulf Coast, the California energy crisis, and the Northeast power outage. In response to natural disasters, geopolitical turmoil, changes in regulation, surging energy demand from emerging economies and changing...