FES View: Making Smart Energy Easy

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on August 04, 2020

Retailers, restaurants, and schools are starting to re-open. Businesses are safely welcoming workers back to their offices. We all need to balance cautious optimism with sound business and cash flow planning to ensure we can weather the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial implications. As You Get Back to Business, Take Smart Steps.

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on July 30, 2020

Your Business After COVID-19 Can Be Greener and Healthier

Sustainability has been a top priority for companies in many industries -- retail, restaurants, automobile dealers, stadiums and event venues, and even municipal buildings like schools and prisons.

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on July 28, 2020

A business hack is, according to one small business advisor, an “unconventional and creative way to make things happen.”

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on July 23, 2020

Managing cash flow is more important than ever before.

Regardless of the type of business you run, you likely look at your expenses regularly to ensure your business investments are paying back. Now, more than ever, companies are looking for significant business savings; ways to economize and free-up dollars for the most critical expenses.

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on July 21, 2020

SMBs (small and mid-sized businesses) and industries worldwide are dealing with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has had a huge impact on consumer behavior and spending, workplace operations, and the economy.

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on July 16, 2020

As more businesses upgrade to LED lighting and look for more ways to convert to sustainable energy sources, there are many energy efficient companies leading the way. These energy efficient companies have created initiatives to reduce and offset their carbon emissions, harness sustainable energy sources and empower their customers to do the same.

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on July 14, 2020

Energy costs are often the largest variable in a small business’s budget. While making a simple swap, like switching to LED lighting, is a quick fix to reduce energy costs, company culture is also a large factor in saving energy. If you’re wondering how to motivate employees to save energy along with you, here are some simple steps to take to begin taking control of your energy costs, together.

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on July 09, 2020

Businesses in the U.S. spend more than $60 billion a year on energy costs. Lighting typically accounts for 8% or more of these business’s annual energy expenses. That’s more than $4 billion in energy costs just to keep the lights on. The good news is there are some fast ways to save with LED lighting

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on July 07, 2020

Adopting sustainable energy solutions is an important way businesses are cutting costs during uncertain times. Many of these sustainable energy solutions are extremely easy for businesses to implement, like making the switch to commercial-grade LED lighting. In fact, so many businesses are switching to sustainable solutions, renewable energy sources are actually outpacing coal consumption. Businesses that make the switch to sustainable energy are reducing their costs, decreasing their environmental impact, and creating a safer environment for their employees.  

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on June 17, 2020

Businesses that switch to LED lighting can save more than 60% on their energy and maintenance costs. This equals tens of thousands of dollars in savings per year for businesses. In addition to lower energy consumption, LED lighting lasts longer than traditional lighting fixtures. This reduces ongoing maintenance costs. All of these savings can have a serious impact on your budget when you need it most. 

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on June 03, 2020

Due to the impact of recent global events on businesses everywhere, it’s essential to look for new ways to reduce operating expenses. Parking structures are one of the most expensive areas to light. In this blog, you’ll learn how to immediately cut energy costs and start saving when your business switches to LED lighting for your parking structure(s).

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on April 30, 2020

We have seen a shift in business that we never expected. Even the savviest business owners were not prepared for the massive hit that resulted from COVID-19. It’s always been our mission to help businesses save money. Now, we’re feeling more of a call than ever to help businesses like yours discover new ways to boost the bottom line and weather this storm. 

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on April 23, 2020

There is a strong case for the 21st-century business executive to add sustainability to the core of their business strategy. More and more businesses are seeing a positive impact on performance and revenue after applying sustainability-based principles and practices. Yet, executives are still wary of putting sustainability at the top of their priority list. They have the mistaken belief that the costs outweigh the benefits. 

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on April 15, 2020

When you consider converting to LED lighting, you may envision huge capital expenses, hours of interrupted business, lost sales time, and a massive inconvenience for your team members and customers. 

Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on April 02, 2020

In the light of recent economic events, business owners are scrambling to reduce overhead and expenses. Taking a hard look at operating expenses can give your business the runway you need to survive a financial crisis.

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on March 19, 2020

Green energy is the new green. Businesses are turning to green energy sources to save money and free-up resources to invest in growth.

Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 09, 2020

Lighting as a Service (LaaS) has recently emerged as a solution to commercial lighting needs. Not only does this model allow businesses to upgrade their lighting with zero-capital investment, but it also provides numerous financial, environmental, and business benefits. LaaS makes it easy for businesses to afford other improvements to their business, while still taking advantage of a lighting upgrade.

Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 03, 2020

Retail business owners face a silent bandit that's stealing their profits – inefficient commercial lights. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that retail buildings consume $20 billion in energy each year, most of which is attributed to lighting.

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on February 27, 2020

Providing a safe work environment for employees is imperative. According to OSHA, 5,250 workers died on the job in 2018. They report that more than 14 work-related deaths occur every day. Reasons cited for these fatal accidents range from misuse of equipment, gross negligence, miscellaneous impairments, and poor lighting

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on February 18, 2020

About 2 years ago, your business decided to take advantage of your power company’s rebate offer and you replaced all your parking lot lights from High-Pressure Sodium or Metal Halide lights to new, LED light fixtures.  Everything was going along smoothly, until you noticed that a couple of your new fixtures have “blocks” of LED lights that are no longer working.

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on February 04, 2020

We live in a consumer society.  As buyers, we have bought into a “consumer model”.  Simply put, we buy cheap, so we get… well, we get cheaply made goods; goods that simply don’t last.  However, because the products are so cheap, we are willing to simply throw the product away when it no longer works and buy a new one.

The saying “They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is true.  But it’s true because that is what we, as consumers have demanded.  Here’s the problem though...

Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on January 15, 2020

History – a constant march forward, marked with inventions that significantly altered the trajectory of mankind.  From the wheel to the horseless carriage, to rockets that carried men to the moon and back safely – technology changes have led the way of human progress.

Few technology advancements in history have brought about faster technology shifts than the LED lightbulb.