When it comes to energy, most retailers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and small business owners rightfully think primarily about how much energy they are using in their establishment and of course, the cost of that energy.
Most employers concern themselves with how efficiently they are using energy and many are taking significant steps to be as efficient as possible. More and more however, employers are not only thinking about how efficiently they are using the resource but how efficiently the resource is being produced.
Small business owners know all too well the energy crunch in which they seem to permanently find themselves. Deemed “light commercial” by the energy companies, they don’t have nearly the levels of usage that the manufacturing sector has and therefore, don’t qualify for discounted rates.
Additionally, they don’t enjoy the subsidized rates that homeowners – as in voters — have gotten from local politicians and public utility commissions. They are caught in an energy Catch 22 — too small for the big discounts, not politically powerful enough to be subsidized. That dilemma is only getting worse as the modern tech and online economy continues to grow exponentially and the data centers that they rely on are placing new energy demands on the grid. Essentially modern online retailers are using energy at a rate that…