by Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM

Adapted from a presentation at the Central Penn Business Journal’s Real Estate & Development Symposium.

The next movement is all about being a star – an Energy Star.

This program of the Environmental Protection Agency was originally created to reduce air pollution, but has now become the most recognizable energy efficiency certification program in the country.  So look to purchase items with Energy Star certification, because they typically use 20% – 30% less energy than Federal standards.  You might be doing this for home appliances and electronics already, but are you doing this for your office?

The company vending machine, refrigerator, and water cooler take a lot of energy to run all day, night, and weekend.  But at least if they are Energy Star certified, they’ll cost you a lot less than what you might now be using.

Of course, Energy Star certification also applies to boilers, water heaters, furnaces, light bulbs, computers, televisions, and more, so always look for the blue star when making a purchase – whether for home or work.

•    The Energy Symphony: We Don’t Need No Education
•    The Energy Symphony: Call Mac, Maybe
•    The Energy Symphony: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
•    The Energy Symphony: Phantom of the Opera (& Office)
•    The Energy Symphony: The Futures So Bright…I Gotta Wear Shades
•    The Energy Symphony

Next: Rock Down to … Electric Avenue


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