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Small Business Setting Example With Energy Efficiency

Posted Sep 13th, 2017

Small Business Setting Example With Energy Efficiency TERESA MADALENO

In West Koonenay British Columbia residents and small businesses are taking steps to move towards 100 percent renewable energy and they are hoping that other communities and businesses take notice.

So far over 30 businesses and organizations in the southeastern BC region have committed to renewables. The West Kootenay EcoSociety is leading the effort. The group builds support for residents and businesses as they transition from fossil fuel to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

Matthew Carroll is co-executive director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety. Here’s what he said recently when asked about the initiative: “When we combine the thousands of residents that want to commit to transition to 100 percent renewable energy with the dozens of businesses and groups that are showing their support, I think it will be a realistic goal to commit to achieving.”

EcoSociety has reported that many small businesses have begun taking steps to be more energy efficient. Some have begun with simple measures, such as reducing or eliminating printing of documents, and turning to more efficient lighting; however, the ultimate goal is to implement both tools and practices that will allow them to operate with 100 percent renewable energy. Retailers, restaurants, fitness centers, health practitioners, and even faith groups have expressed their commitment.

Right now the residents and businesses are looking at a combination of solar, biomass electricity, biomass heat, and renewable natural gas to help them reach their goal. A number of business owners have said they are “excited” about the transition to renewables and hope the change sets an example for other businesses, including large companies across the country.

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