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Small Businesses Honored for Energy Efficiency

By SHRM Online staff  9/28/2010
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing nine small businesses and religious organizations for their achievements in the fight to preserve energy and help the environment. Through effective energy management practices and innovative efficiency solutions, the nine organizations demonstrate that, no matter the size, it is possible to save money and use significantly less energy while providing power to the buildings where Americans work, pray and learn.

The nine organizations used different tactics to save energy in their buildings. Examples include installing programmable thermostats, lighting sensors, insulation and a white roof; upgrading to more efficient LED and compact fluorescent lighting and Energy Star qualified equipment; and supporting employee energy-conscious behaviors. Together, these organizations reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from the annual electricity use of more than 650 houses while saving more than $850,000 on their energy bills.

The 2010 Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Award winners used tools and resources provided by EPA’s Energy Star program to develop their plans and measure and track their accomplishments. By managing the energy performance of their facilities strategically, these small businesses and congregations said they cut utility costs without sacrificing features, convenience, style or comfort while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment.

The small business award winners are AutoFair Companies (Manchester, N.H.), Dagher Engineering (New York), Engineering Excellence (Cincinnati), and Patriot Subaru (Saco, Maine).

The congregation award winners are First Baptist Church of Orlando (Orlando, Fla.), First Parish Needham (Needham, Mass.), Lakewood Church (Houston), Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church (Monroe, Ga.) and Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (Swarthmore, Pa.).

More about the 2010 Energy Star Small Business Award winners can be found at: More about the 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award winners is at:
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