The most fundamental solution to all of our society’s energy issues—from the rising price of energy to climate change to our dependence on foreign oil—is to use less energy. It has been suggested that simply improving energy efficiency can meet more of our state’s energy needs than all new sources of energy combined.
Take advantage of the incentives currently being offered! With so many grants, rebates and tax credits available, this is a great time to evaluate and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at your business.
Improving efficiency can also save most businesses an average of 25% on energy costs while streamlining operations, improving the work environment—even improving public relations! (Visit our Why go green? page for more benefits of energy efficiency.)
Strategies to improve your energy efficiency fall into a few basic categories:
Renewable energy, such as solar, geothermal (ground-source heat pumps) or wind, can also provide your business with energy that is clean and, over the long term, inexpensive.
The Pa. Public Utility Commission (Pa. PUC) has launched a website to provide information regarding the requirements of the Pa. Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS), which mandates the use of alternative energy sources to generate a certain percentage of electricity sold at retail in Pa.
Visit our Funding Information section for the latest on grants, tax credits and other incentives that may be available for your energy efficiency projects.
For industry-specific tips on greening your business, review Energy Efficiency for Specific Facilities and Businesses.
Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Energy Information Administration's energy statistics for Pennsylvania