The Go Green initiative refers to a two part strategy that’s floating around the news and internet. The idea is to link saving money with saving the environment. For years pundits have been stating that environmentalism does not make good business sense. This initiative sets out to help show people how this is wrong and to help find the happy middle between these two some times differing goals.
This can be as simple as turning off lights your not using to save money. Yes your getting a benefit as your electric bill is reduced, but so is the environment. The energy you would have other wised used can now be redirected else where which helps the hydro, solar, and wind power plants handle more of the day to day load.
As a company Four Seasons has taken an active interest in this project and have set out to help. First, if your in the market for a new Furnace or Air Conditioner we have been keeping all of our estimators and technicians up to speed on technologies like variable furnaces that help reduce your energy cost along with keeping up to date on energy star compliant equipment and how to help you calculate your long term savings and return on investment.
In addition, we have been posting tips on this and other web sites, including sponsoring a Go Green website that one of our employees wanted to build. We see a value to the public at large in this and wish to support it where ever we can.
We are also working hard to practice what we preach. Starting several years ago Four Seasons began changing out light bulbs, switching to high efficiency targeted heating and cooling units in our offices, changing out our fleet to much higher gas efficient vehicles, and many more. We are even doing research into the possibility of using propane or electric in our vehicles. For us, this made great business sense, as any upfront cost is quickly paid for by what we saved. In addition, this has been an initiative that many in our company have taken personal pride in and in making suggestions on how we can do more.
More Go Green Resources
You can find a lot by simply googling the “Go Green” term. However, here are some other resources we found helpful.
World Watch – A LOT of information to dig through on this site and some topics do get a bit extreme. Still worth reading and making your own decisions. Of note would be there tips section which has some very useful items.
DSIRE – Database of state incentives. Everything from Green Permit programs to Utility company programs. If your looking for a way to take the edge off an upfront investment in green technology, this is a great place to start. Just click your state. In Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin there are some great state wide programs. The City of Chicago even has some of it’s own. Plus there resources page has links to many other great sites.
24hr Heating and Cooling – while a web site related more to the HVAC industry, air quality, and how HVAC equipment works. They do have some good content regarding tax credits and a section for Go Green and money saving.
FSHAC Resource center – We plan on posting more and more information to help. While our main company web site will remain focused on doing business. The Four Seasons Resource center will be a great place to go to find more information about Go Green and many other topics.
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