The Harlan Chamber of Commerce heard a presentation concerning energy efficiency in business during a recent meeting.
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center Executive Director Lissa McCracken addressed the group shortly after the meeting was called to order.
“I’m here today to talk about energy efficiency and ways to save money,” McCracken said. “One of the reasons I’m here today is to let you all know we are here to help. We are a non-profit…service.”
McCracken said the ultimate goal was to help businesses save money and become more efficient.
“On the other side of it is you reduce your carbon footprint, you become more environmentally sustainable. Those are benefits that come from it,” McCracken said.
She explained a number of ways to help save on energy costs and usage.
“Just turning off the lights makes a difference,” McCracken said. “Powering down your computers, unplugging your appliances when they’re not being used. Little things like that can make a big difference.”
McCracken stated energy costs are not entirely controllable due to fluctuating prices, legislation and other issues.
“But you can control your actions, and your investments by being pro-active and looking at your operations to see where you can increase efficiency,” McCracken said. “It makes you more competitive, and that’s what it comes down to. That’s a lot of why we come out and work with folks.”
McCracken gave several tips on how to keep energy costs in check: Turning of equipment when not in use, using power strips, talking to utility representatives, installing LED exit signs, developing a compressed air maintenance program, assessing the break room for energy waste and investigating lighting upgrades are avenues for reducing energy bills.
McCracken also mentioned adjusting the temperature of a facility when people are not present.
“When people are gone in the evening or they’re not there on the weekends, pull that temperature back,” McCracken said. “One degree makes a difference.”
She also suggested considering high-volume, low-speed fans and purchasing Energy Star appliances.
For more information, go to the KPPC website at http://kppc.org/
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