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Thanks to technological and product advances, consumers can walk into many big-box stores or search online to purchase products that improve energy efficiency in their homes, including solar panels for home, energy star appliances, energy saving bulbs and other environmentally friendly products.
But consumers are demanding sustainability at a corporate level as well, and companies are quickly confirming that doing good by the environment is also good for the bottom line. B Corp Certification , LEED ratings, the EnergyStar label and other rigorous certifications assess many factors relating to energy use, including the energy efficiency of related processes, building materials and/or end products.
Leaders at conscientious companies are thinking beyond in-office recycling programs and carpooling, although these are still important. Company execs are now also saving resources and energy — and money — by purchasing renewable energy credits to offset any nonrenewable energy their company uses; conducting regular energy audits; using energy-efficient lighting systems and office equipment; and opting for solar panels, solar water heaters, or on-site wind, biomass or other renewable energy systems.
Conscientious utility and energy companies offer sustainable services for consumers and other businesses as well, including Sungevity, Revision Energy, Bullfrog Power, Encore Renewable Energy, Bulb and more. These companies provide products and services to better utilize solar and renewable energy all around the world. For example, Mary Powell, CEO of Certified B Corporation Green Mountain Power (the world’s first B Corp utility) encourages her 600-plus employees to promote home-produced solar and wind energy, and the sustainable company provides 78 percent of Vermont’s energy.
Whether at home or in the office, the rapid growth of energy-efficient products and renewable energy services prove that this is a movement not waning anytime soon. To learn more about brands producing sustainable products and ethical clothing, read our free report.