Carbon footprint reduction is a big concern these days, for both individuals and companies. But doing so isn’t always easy and it’s definitely costly. Carbon Lighthouse is a 2011 Echoing Green Semi-Finalist, and a company dedicated to helping other companies reduce their carbon footprint profitably.
Carbon Lighthouse combines the four essential services — efficiency, demand response, renewable energy and carbon allowances, into a single package, instead of having to piece it together with many companies and many commissions.
Each of the four engineering tasks is designed to start increasing their client’s profits immediately, not over long-term periods. The first, energy efficiency, is all about upgrading facilities and equipment to be more efficient, not asking employees to eat lunch in the dark or unplug everything when they leave at night.
Next, demand response deals with the likelihood of a blackout. In the times that this likelihood is high, the company can commit to reducing their electric usage and the utility company offers a rebate. Carbon Lighthouse enables companies to function through these reductions.
The third step is renewable energy. This allows their clients to use solar, wind or geothermal power (depending on local options) to start generating their own power, instead of using the grid. This is often a costly step that does not generate revenue for many years, however Carbon Lighthouse will sells the energy at a discounted rate so savings begin immediately.
Last are the Carbon Allowances. After reducing your carbon footprint from the previous three steps, companies can purchase a given number of allowances to completely reduce their carbon footprint through Carbon Lighthouse’s non-profit partner, The Carbon Lighthouse Association.
In a time when profits aren’t easy to come by, it’s nice that there is a footprint eliminating option that is profitable.
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