In partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Development, the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) has launched the COSE Energy Efficiency Guide – a free online resource for small businesses. The COSE Guide, developed in conjunction with Institute staff and Green Plus Fellows, gives small businesses
- Inspiring Stories of Success
- Quick Wins
- Energy Efficiency Checklists,
- Information on financing and marketing
- Resources for businesses that rent as well as those that own their property
Energy efficiency case studies in the Guide include Green Plus businesses from several sectors and a home-based business case study. To read more about each of the businesses below and access the COSE Energy Efficiency Guide resources, please click here.
Case Studies include –
The home-based marketing firm in Cleveland, Ohio, has saved $1,300 annually in energy costs, thanks to new practices, space, and equipment.
The Taylor Companies (Small manufacturing – Ohio)
Smart manufacturing practices earned this furniture company a 58.8% reduction in use of natural gas, electricity, and water consumption. New equipment alone dropped annual energy costs by $65,000.
King’s Daughters Inn (Hospitality sector – North Carolina)
The owners of this historic North Carolina inn are saving $1200 – $1800 per month in utilities. Meanwhile, their reputation for being environmentally responsible differentiates them from competition and attracts guests.
Assembled Products Corporation (Manufacturing – Arkansas)
This Arkansas-based manufacturer first implemented no-cost and low-cost energy saving practices to meet its primary buyer’s sustainability score card criteria. Today, energy efficiency is part of the culture.
Greenfire Development (Real Estate Sector – North Carolina)
Through energy efficiency and green building, Greenfire Development is continually improving the overall quality of life in Durham, North Carolina, by creating opportunities for people to live, work, play, and invest in a vibrant downtown area.
Wohlsen Construction (Construction – Pennsylvania)
Wohlsen has re-built, retrofitted, and weatherized its own offices to meet its 2013 goal of reducing energy use by 10%. The company will use smarter energy, too: it will purchase 100% renewable electricity for its Harrisburg office.
Lube Stop (Retail Services / Automotive – Ohio)
Simple changes dropped Lube Stop’s annual energy expenses by $3,500, and its introduction of more environmentally responsible products have drawn customers and industry acclaim
Counter Culture Coffee (Wholesale – North Carolina)
This coffee wholesaler based in Durham, North Carolina, wants to quantify the energy used by its consumers when making coffee at home. Although the business rents, it has many energy efficiency goals. Among them, Counter Culture Coffee plans to be carbon neutral by 2015.
COSE’s site can help you design and begin your customized energy efficiency plan today. Read more on how to get started.
The Institute for Sustainable Development