Companies that provide energy to the public—that is, to households and businesses—have a unique corporate social responsibility; and that responsibility isn’t just to deliver gas and electricity. It’s to teach customers and clients how to use energy more efficiently.
Of course, no one needs to be taught how to use energy; anyone can flip on a light switch or turn on the stove or shower. Rather, an energy provider’s job is to teach people how to use energy smartly and in an environmentally conscious way. Between environmental challenges such as climate changce, to wasteful usage that hits property owners in the wallet, to the profusion of electronic devices that often use energy needlessly; today we need to be more energy conscious than ever.
Smart, environmentally-conscious energy use begins with an assessment. This entails looking at how energy is being consumed by examining the lighting, cooling and heating systems, insulation, and use of water and electronic devices. Once the assessment is complete, your energy provider should then be able to recommend changes that are environmentally sound and will save you and your tenants money.
The Big Four
Four conservation practices that I am particularly passionate about are white roofs, heat management, LED light, and solar panels.
White Roofs: Most traditional roofs are dark, and dark surfaces absorb rather than reflect sunlight, thereby generating heat. On a 90 degree summer day, your roof can reach temperatures of up to 180°F, trapping heat inside of your building and bringing indoor temperatures up to 115°F, according to DoItYourself.com. Dark rooftops only reflect 20% of the sunlight back into the environment while trapping in smog. A simple solution: paint your roof white! White rooftops only heat to about 100°F, keeping the indoors a much more tolerable 80°F even without air conditioning. White roofs are good for the environment too, as they reduce smog and limit the urban heat island effect—hotter temperatures in cities than in surrounding areas due to buildings and pavement.