Renewable Energy for Your Business

As many business owners know, it takes a lot of energy to run a company. Whether you run a manufacturing operation, a commercial fleet, or a small retail business, you use energy to operate equipment, power vehicles, heat and cool your buildings, and keep the lights on. While all businesses need energy, where you get that energy can impact your company's carbon footprint and public perception.

In recent years, businesses have started to realize the importance of sustainability and renewable energy procurement. Renewable energy is defined as a source that can create energy without being depleted. Sustainable energy, similarly, involves creating and using energy responsibly to meet energy needs while protecting people, the environment, and future generations. Renewable and sustainable energy have subtle differences, but they both contribute to a healthier world.

Increased awareness of climate change and other environmental issues has inspired many individuals and businesses to use energy more responsibly. Using green energy for your business is a step in the right direction. If you want to make your business more sustainable but wonder how you can start, Shipley Energy can help. We make it easy for businesses in our service area to go green. Learn more about renewable energy for commercial buildings and the green energy options we offer below.

Why Go Green?

To ensure that the earth can support current and future human populations, groups and organizations throughout all levels of society must switch to renewable energy quickly. To keep the effects of climate change — including sea-level rise, drought, and changing weather patterns — to a minimum, global carbon emissions need to drop significantly in the next 11 years. The main driver of climate change is greenhouse gases, like methane and carbon dioxide, which trap heat in the atmosphere.

In the United States, approximately 51% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 came from activity in the transportation and industry sectors. Electricity generation itself makes up another 28% due to the continued burning of coal and other fossil fuels. As a result, all businesses have a responsibility to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses that consume high amounts of energy have both the highest responsibility and the highest ability to lead change.

Switching to renewable energy for your business operations can help prevent the severe effects of climate change, but there are other benefits to going green as well. Here are a few benefits of using green energy for your business:

  • It's great for the environment and can boost your company's public image.
  • It's easy to implement and requires no extra equipment.
  • It costs about the same as getting energy from nonrenewable sources.

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How Shipley Energy Can Help You Make the Switch

If you've decided to invest in renewable energy or another sustainable energy initiative, your community and customers will appreciate your contribution. But how do you get started with renewable energy for your commercial enterprise? And what else can you do to make your business more sustainable? The first step is to search for green energy suppliers for businesses that can fulfill your energy requirements and provide the support you need to make the switch.

At Shipley Energy, we're dedicated to helping businesses like yours find sustainable energy options in their areas — whether that means a switch to 100% renewable energy or a smaller change to cleaner-burning fuel. We can help you meet your sustainability goals by providing the following solutions.

Clean Energy

People generate electricity in a number of ways. Instead of creating electricity by burning carbon-emitting fossil fuels, green energy suppliers generate some or all of their electricity using renewable resources like wind, water, and solar power. These renewable sources can provide clean energy for businesses and entire communities.

If your current energy supplier doesn't offer electricity from renewable sources, consider switching to a new provider. Businesses that work with Shipley Energy in Pennsylvania can get renewable energy for their commercial enterprises without needing to pay for new infrastructure or real estate — we'll source electricity for you.

Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets are credits that indicate a business' investment in projects that directly or indirectly offset the carbon dioxide they emit during operations. If you decide to use carbon offsets to improve your company's environmental standing, you'll need to buy a number equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas your business creates. For reference, one offset equals one metric ton of carbon dioxide.

When you buy carbon offsets, your money will go to projects that remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or reduce the rate of emissions. Popular projects include building wind farms and lowering energy usage through energy efficiency initiatives.

Buying carbon offsets won't actually reduce the amount of carbon dioxide your business produces, but it can be a good way to contribute to environmental efforts in the short-term. You may want to consider carbon offsets if you cannot yet realistically move away from fossil fuels like heating oil, propane, natural gas, and diesel. Shipley Energy can purchase and retire carbon offsets on your behalf.

Low-Emission Fuels

Another way to lower your business' carbon footprint is to switch from high-emission to low-emission fossil fuels. Natural gas burns significantly cleaner than other fuel options, which has made it increasingly popular as a commercial energy source. Similarly, a type of liquefied petroleum called autogas burns cleaner than diesel and gasoline fuel — plus, it's typically less expensive.

Though switching to a lower-emission fuel cannot drop your carbon emissions to zero, it can ease the transition to renewable energy for your business. Shipley Energy offers both natural gas and autogas for commercial customers.

Commercial Energy Efficiency

You can make your business more environmentally friendly by improving its energy efficiency. This efficiency minimizes the amount of energy you require to operate. Energy-efficient buildings that have achieved the ENERGY STAR label, for example, could lower energy usage by 30%, reducing energy costs as well as carbon emissions.

Some simple ways to improve energy efficiency in small businesses and commercial buildings include upgrading the HVAC system, updating appliances, switching to LED lighting, and talking to employees about energy-saving best practices.

On-Site Fueling and Tank Monitoring

If you use fossil fuels on-site, monitor your tank levels carefully to prevent leaks. At Shipley Energy, we provide on-site fuel delivery and automatic tank monitoring which reduces fueling costs and eliminates the amount of fuel burned transporting tanks inefficiently.

Contact Shipley Energy to Get Started Today

Switching to renewable energy for your business is socially responsible and a home run for improving public perception. If you're ready to get started with green energy, reach out to Shipley Energy. When you come to us for help with energy usage, we'll review your business goals, determine the amount of energy your business uses annually, develop a plan to offset carbon emissions, and implement that plan. We can also help you publicize your commitment to green energy and the planet.

Whether you want to implement renewable energy for business advantages or minimize emissions to help protect your community, Shipley Energy can meet your renewable energy procurement needs. To learn more, contact our professional energy advisors today.