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Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on April 20, 2021
The industrial lighting landscape is shining brighter than ever, thanks to the emergence and rapid adoption of commercial LED lighting. By 2024, analysts predict the LED lighting market will reach $128 billion globa...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on April 13, 2021
Despite the indisputable business benefits of energy efficient commercial lighting, many small businesses have delayed making the switch to LED lights. Understandably, the past year...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on April 06, 2021
More than ever, businesses are facing the pressure to save money, increase profitability and provide a safe and healthy space for employees and customers. Finding new ways to reduce costs is an important way to protect your business when economic and global factors create constant volatility. One simple switch,
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 30, 2021
When you’re ready to upgrade your commercial lighting, it’s important to find a partner who can help you take advantage of all the cost savings that are available. Businesses who upgrade to LED lighting can save more than 60% on their energy and maintenance costs. This could eq...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 23, 2021
Commercial buildings require a lot of energy to keep the lights on, among other things. In fact, about 20% of all the energy we use in the U.S. goes to power commercial buildings. Unfortunately, the average commerc...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 16, 2021
When you’re ready to upgrade to LED lights for your business, it’s important to create a rollout plan and timeline that minimizes disruption to your employees and customers. Upgrading to LED lights is an effective way for small businesses to reduce operating expenses and increa...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 09, 2021
The way you light your business makes a big impact - for customers, for employees and for your bottom line. More and more companies are making the choice to upgrade to LED lights because of the num...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on March 02, 2021
Over 60% of businesses have already upgraded to commercial LED lighting. The benefits of LED lighting are immediate, especially for small businesses interested in reducing operating expe...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on February 23, 2021
When considering the pros and cons of LED lights, many businesses consider the cost to upgrade as the first priority. Because LED lights are a superior choice for commercial use, they are more ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on February 16, 2021
Energy costs are the second highest expense for US schools, just behind salaries. Juggling such large energy expenses takes away from the attention and budget schools could focus toward students. Switching schools to LED lighting a...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on February 09, 2021
Nearly 40% of businesses still haven’t optimized their energy usage by choosing a cost-effective lighting solution. There are many types of commercial lighting to consider, and each can have a major impact on sales, safety, and the perception of your business. ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on February 02, 2021
As more and more small businesses and property managers realize the benefits of LED lighting, this sustainable solution is becoming one of the top energy choices for businesses. While LED lighting is more sustainable, more reliable and more affordable than traditiona...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on January 26, 2021
As consumers, businesses, and employees place more value on doing business with companies that care about the planet, many corporations, municipalities, and SMBs (small- and mid-sized businesses) ramp up their sustainability focus. 
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on January 21, 2021
The retail industry has faced one of its most challenging periods in history. Online shopping had already taken a massive bite from the brick-and-mortar shopping experience. Malls and shopping outlets were struggling.  Then, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and people became more...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on January 19, 2021
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and it is a building rating system used worldwide. It applies to all kinds of structures – commercial and residential – and even to communities. 
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on January 12, 2021
Brick-and-mortar retailers were already experiencing decreased traffic and sales due to online alternatives. Then, 2020 hit. Pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions further reduced traffic for these already struggling businesses. As a result, roughly 164,000 businesses have closed their ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on January 07, 2021
As we all know, 2020 has been one like no other – filled with a wide range of business, health, and economic challenges. Enterprise companies, municipalities, and small and mid-sized businesses were all hit hard and needed to transform to survive and prosper. As we’ve detailed
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on January 05, 2021
Sustainability is increasing in importance – to both today’s consumers and your employees. The media has expanded its coverage of climate change, and the COVID-19 ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on December 10, 2020
Hotels, motels, and resorts have all had to make some significant business adjustments due to COVID-19. Your guests’ comfort, safety, and health have always been a top priority. Still, now you must deal with a wide range of other requirements and expenses – ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on December 08, 2020
Why is health so important within our prison system? The United States prison system currently houses 2.3 million people. Additionally, more than 500K people work within ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on December 03, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the restaurant industry especially hard in 2020. All types of food and beverage establishments – from fast-casual to fine dining – are looking for ways to build back foot (and drive-thru) traffic, trim costs without sacrificing quality, and ensure their diners and staff stay healthy ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on December 01, 2020
"Both social media and sustainability have proven to be a tremendous force for positive change." - 
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 26, 2020
Restaurant safety are two words that most consumers and staff take very seriously these days.  The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated significant changes throughout the restaurant industry -- from fast-casual chains to formal dining.
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 24, 2020
Close to 800,000 franchise businesses exist in th...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 19, 2020
The drive-thru restaurant, which had its origins in 1921, has long been popular with American consumers. Quick-serve restaurants have seen as much as
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 17, 2020
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, about 57K hotels have closed. According to a
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 12, 2020
Congratulations. You’re still standing. As we all know, this has been one of the most challenging years in history -- especially for retailers, restaurants, schools, and non-essential businesses.
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 10, 2020
Over the past ten years, the adoption of LED lighting has skyrocketed, with 60 percent of all businesses adopting it.  Whether your commercial building was an early adopter or among the 40 percent that yet to ma...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 05, 2020
Flickering lights and the adverse effects of fluorescent bulbs are just two of the many ways lighting can impact workplace health.  We tend to think of lighting as a way to showcase businesses, improve the performance of workplace tasks, and keep shoppers and emp...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on November 03, 2020
The ENERGY STAR  program was established in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency to “deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions through voluntary acti...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 29, 2020
As many as 25,000 retail businesses may shut their doors in 2020. As of this writing, 8,000 brick-and-mortar locations are gone for good.  ...
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 27, 2020
When business managers think of construction or repairs, they often think about how to maintain business-as-usual while capital improvements are being made.
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 22, 2020
Has there ever been a more frightening time to be a business owner, small or otherwise? The financial effects of Covid-19 have been wildly unpredictable (and rapid!) on businesses on a global scale. As the upcoming holiday shopping season looms ahead, many business owners are understandably reluctant to make the usual preparations.
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 20, 2020
This era has been one of the most challenging ones in history for restaurants. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented huge hurdles to even the most successful dining establishments, including well-established chains and QSRs. 
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 15, 2020
Green is good. That is, cash—something that small business owners are desperately in need of these days of Covid-19. Happily, one way to find more funds is to turn to another source of green: sustainable energy. Green energy incentives for small businesses is a great way for little fish to get their brands afloat again. 
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 13, 2020
It seems that the biggest topic right now—aside from Covid-19, anyway—is sustainable business practices. Everyone wants to go green. Maybe you’ve thought about it too, have taken steps to become one, or are already operating an energy efficient small business.
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 08, 2020
When you own your own business, no matter how large or small, finding new ways to reduce costs or even find new money is a boon. If you’ve cut costs and streamlined your business model until it can be trimmed no further, consider adding additional revenue via grants.
Gabriela Anez-Lobon
By Gabriela Anez-Lobon
on October 02, 2020
When it rains, it pours. And it has stormed in 2020. Especially for small businesses. SMBs have been hit harder by the economic impact of the pandemic than mid-sized and enterprise companies. And the data seems to be changing on the daily. In such a tumultuo...
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on September 29, 2020
Sustainable energy solutions for commercial buildings are growing worldwide. Correctional facilities within the United States are making an effort to switch to more sustainable practices, complying with LEED and Energ...
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on September 24, 2020
As noted in a recent post, energy represents a considerable percentage of spending for all academic institutions -- from pre-school to massive university campuses and every other type of learning center. 
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on September 22, 2020
Thecost of running an academic environment is about $243 per square foot. The cost of energy in just grades K through 12 alone is
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on September 17, 2020
Twenty-nine of the world’s 100 greenest companies are in the United States and Canada. In 2006, fewer than 300 buildings were
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on September 15, 2020
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, close to 24,000 restaurants have shut down for part of the time, and 53 percent have closed permanently. 
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on September 11, 2020
Sustainability and the health of our environment are essential to many consumers and businesses today. Many people choose brands, products, and employers that are committed to delivering greener solutions.
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on September 08, 2020
Businesses in the U.S. spend more than $60 million annually on energy. Big brands and SMBs are looking at this line item for savings. Significant dollars be freed-up for critical...
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on September 01, 2020
Energy companies are those suppliers that secure your rate. In other words, they determine how much you pay per kilowatt-hour (or kwh). They often offer options for energy savings. They are different from utilities, which own and operate wires, maintain service, and read meters to determine your business location’s energy consumption.
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on August 27, 2020
Sustainability is more than a trend today. It’s imperative for both SMBs and large global companies. Decision-making with the long-term impact on our planet has several key business benefits:
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on August 25, 2020
In many ways, sustainable lighting is still in its early stages, but LED lighting has already proven to use 75 to 80 percent less energy than other lighting forms. Sustainable LED lights can save a total of $30 billion by 2030, cutting U.S. energy consumption in half. ...
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on August 20, 2020
Every Owner is Looking for Small Business Savings. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, SMB owners were looking for ways to grow their businesses and reduce expenses. With traffic and sales down in many industries, cutting costs has become even more of an imperative. 
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on August 18, 2020
The word “audit” often has a negative connotation. But an energy audit of your commercial building's heating and cooling, appliances, water, and lighting systems can save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses. Especially when you use the learnings from your audit to switc...
Peter Hawksworth
By Peter Hawksworth
on August 13, 2020
Keeping Employees and Customers Healthy is More Important Than Ever. As we return to business, offices, restaurants, retailers, schools, and municipal buildings are opening. COVID-19 is still very much a global reality and, although people now accept mask-wearing and frequent hand-washing as a way of life, businesses can do much more to ensure th...
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on August 11, 2020
Small businesses spend $60 billion annually on energy. The top ten
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 and audit them regularly to ensure your business investments are paying back. Now, more than ever, companies are looking for significant busi...
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 sustaina...
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
Daniel Gold
By Daniel Gold
on July 09, 2020
Businesses in the U.S. spend more than $60 billion a...
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...
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 consum...
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 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 b...
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 war...
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 busines...
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 o...
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 ...
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...
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 shift...

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