LifeCity and Energy Smart for a workshop about saving money and energy. Here is what we learned! First, we heard from Siobhan Foley with the New Orleans Office of Resilience and Sustainability. She provided an overview of the new Climate Action Strategy, which features many inspiring and important goals for New Orleans, spanning over the next 20-50 years. In the strategy, goals such as decreasing our carbon footprint, increasing solar energy, reducing waste, and supporting development of the circular economy will be used to inspire business leaders and citizens to contribute to the positive change needed to meet these goals. Not only does the strategy include helping our environment, but it also sets the stage for job creation and connecting culture to climate change. To read the whole strategy, click here. Next, Jackie Dadakis, the Managing Partner of Green Coast Enterprise (GCE) Services, spoke to us about Green Coast’s efficient and accessible technology that allows businesses, schools, and organizations to track their utility bills and other data relevant to energy use and savings. Through a simple data tracking dashboard, it is easier to make decisions that will greatly reduce costs and unneeded energy usage. By focusing on the inefficient and expensive quadrant of energy use, Green Coast has been able to help businesses and organizations reduce costs so that they can feel good about helping the environment, while saving money to spend on hiring more employees, establishing sustainable practices, or investing in other areas of business development. Finally, Robyn Munici, a Project Lead at Energy Smart, a program developed by the New Orleans City Council and administered by Entergy New Orleans, spoke about energy savings opportunities. Robyn described how Energy Smart helps Entergy New Orleans’ electric customers save energy and money through energy assessments and valuable cash rebates on a variety of energy efficiency improvements. Leveraging cash back incentives and trade ally partners, Energy Smart works with businesses and industrial facilities to meet their energy needs, while reducing their carbon footprint and establishing sustainable and cost-effective business practices. Although the primary focus of our workshop was business customers, Energy Smart also runs a residential program. If you are interested in saving money and energy at home, visit the Energy Smart website to get started! Thank you to all the businesses and speakers who participated, and we look forward to making New Orleans a more resilient and clean energy-driven community!
July 2017 Business Tip of the Month
Tip of the Month Presented by Joule Energy:
This month, local net zero company, Joule Energy, shares with us a great tip to help anyone -- at home or at work -- save money through making the switch to LED lighting.
1. Upgrading to LED lighting can save businesses and organizations 50-80% in lighting expenses!
2. LED light quality is closer to natural sunlight, which creates a more pleasant working environment with more productive employees, at the office, and happier students, at school.
June 2017 Business Tip of the Month
Tip of the Month Presented by Hollygrove Market + Farm: