The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) established 3 levels of energy audits created to improve a building’s energy efficiency, save businesses money, and help them build an energy plan to implement and maintain any energy conservation measures identified. An ASHRAE Level 1 audit consists of utility bill analysis and short building
We recently were invited to speak with local businesses about managing energy costs and energy efficiency options at Lima Allen County Chamber's Sustainability Seminar. Check out our feature on HomeTown Stations!
Thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday for our annual customer appreciation event. We loved getting to spend the day outdoors and raising money for an amazing local non-profit. We are grateful for all of your generous donations. This year, we were able to raise over $7,200 for Truly Reaching You, Inc. (TRY).
Energy efficiency projects can provide economic benefits in a number of different ways, such as with the help of the 179D Tax Deduction. The 179D Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction allows building owners to claim a tax deduction on eligible lighting, building envelope, or HVAC projects. Eligible projects can qualify for up to $1.80
Since 2006, the 179D tax deduction, also known as the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction, has provided tax deductions up to $1.80/square foot on qualifying projects for both new construction as well as any renovations done on existing buildings. The passing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has brought some changes to 179D that present
Zero Emissions day was first celebrated in 2008 and now occurs every 21st of September. The purpose of this holiday is to spread awareness of the harmful substances we emit into the atmosphere on a daily basis, and attempt to avoid these emissions completely for one day. By doing this, we are giving the
According to the United Nations, September 7th is known as the International Day of Clean Air. The purpose of this holiday is to spread awareness of the harmful effects of air pollution and explore what steps we can take to minimize it. Air pollution affects both the health of humans and animals, as well as
Forest Meadow Villas—a beautiful 55 and older apartment complex located in Medina, Ohio—was the perfect candidate for solar with its individual, all-electric, single-story units and ample south facing roof space. One of the building owners, Jim Gerspacher, was interested in converting the building to solar to reduce electric costs, simplify the rental process for his
Companies that value sustainability want to show their customers and investors that they are taking steps to decrease their carbon footprint. Unfortunately, some industries have gained a reputation for misrepresenting their activities, or “greenwashing.”. This unfortunate practice makes it harder and harder for legitimate carbon reduction activities to be recognized by the public, so it’s
Many organizations today are turning to RECs and carbon offsets as means of reducing their carbon footprint. RECs, or Renewable Energy Certificates, are commonly purchased by organizations to reduce the carbon footprint of their electricity. Carbon offsets also work to reduce an organization’s overall carbon emissions. These two methods of carbon footprint reduction are frequently