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Green Energy Solutions and Your Small Business

Jul 18, 2022
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Energy efficiency is more important than ever before. With fuel costs surging, businesses big and small are looking for ways to invest in sustainable and renewable energy.  

Beyond that, many businesses are looking for ways to shrink their carbon footprint. Not only are reduced emissions better for the environment, but businesses that pollute less can also be eligible for exclusive federal and state grants.  

SOCA offers three benefits for helping businesses go green, and in addition to that, there are many other ways to infuse green energy solutions into your business model. 

Keep reading to find out how to reduce your business's dependence on fossil fuels.  

How to Make Your Business More Energy Efficient

SOCA’s priority is protecting small businesses. But no one is immune to the rising costs of utilities. Rises in electricity and natural gas are of particular concern.  

SOCA is offering three distinct programs, two powered by Viridi and one powered by Community Energy Advisors, to help small businesses make the switch to green energy.  

Below are brief descriptions of the programs. Read about SOCA’s energy solutions in full here!

Viridi Wellness Program – A Green Employee Benefit 

Designed to help employees reduce their personal dependence on fossil fuels, this program allocates renewable energy certificates (RECs) to employees to help them reduce their carbon footprints and offset their electricity use at home.  

Viridi purchases RECs on your business’s behalf and allocates them to employees to help them go green at home.  

When 1,000 kWh of energy is generated by a renewable source, 1 REC is created and tracked through the energy grid. The average American household uses just under 1,000 kWh per month. So 1 REC generally covers one household’s monthly energy usage.  

Chamber Sustainability Program by Viridi 

The Chamber Sustainability Program, provided by Viridi, offers a comprehensive menu of energy-related sustainability solutions for our members' homes, small businesses, and large commercial operations. 

The Chamber Sustainability Program is designed to help run small businesses' operations more efficiently and identify ways of reducing their carbon footprint.  

Chamber Energy Program Powered by Community Energy Advisors 

The Chamber Energy Program, administered by Community Energy Advisors, provides energy supply solutions for our members' homes, small businesses, and large commercial operations. 

This program is designed to find low fixed prices for electricity and natural gas and identify fixed contracts to help consumers avoid pricey variable rates. Finally, this program helps provide natural gas sales tax exemptions for non-profits, manufacturers, and restaurants. 

Energy-Efficient Benefits for Your Business 

What are the benefits of favoring renewable energy over more traditional energy sources like natural gas and coal?  

  1. The most prominent benefit is that renewable resources help consumers save money. The energy your business consumes impacts your bottom line. The less you spend on energy, the more money you will have to compete in the marketplace.  

  2. Another benefit is that renewable energy is less harmful to the environment than fossil fuel sources. Carbon dioxide emissions are greatly reduced when renewable energy is used, meaning your business’s carbon footprint shrinks in size.  

  3. A third benefit is that when your business uses renewable energy, it increases your marketability. That’s right, you can use green energy as a selling point! Customers will be more likely to buy from you if you use green energy. Just make sure you advertise your switch to renewable resources.  

Go Green with SOCA 

SOCA offers your business three ways to go green.  

Not only will this help your business reduce its carbon footprint, but it will help your employees reduce their personal carbon footprint as well.  

If you are interested in helping your business take another step towards carbon neutrality, sign up for one of SOCA’s renewable energy programs today

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