What is Energy Conservation?

Persistently High Electricity Costs Unrelated to Supply Chain Woes

While most small-medium businesses struggle with supply chain disruptions and higher costs, they’re also dealing with higher electricity prices. Across the U.S., electricity costs at least 20% more than it did a year ago. In some places it’s 80% more. Why? As we related in January, natural gas drives electricity prices. Natural gas exports from…

Lower Bill, Stronger Brand

How can you win more customers and simultaneously save money? We’ll show you! Large businesses are getting cheaper energy that happens to be cleaner. They’re using “cleaner” to engage more customers, win more contracts and even attract more employees. Now, small-medium businesses can do it, too. It’s all about finding your best-fit solution, and adjusting…

Triple Win For Small Businesses

Increasingly, businesses are recognizing a triple win with renewable energy. First, renewables provide a win for our world by reducing the ravages of climate change. Second, the business wins by reducing its energy costs. In most places, renewable alternatives now cost LESS than fossil-fueled power. (Here’s why.) Third, renewable energy provides a marketing advantage. It…

Electric Rates Are Up — To Stay

Fossil-fired electricity prices went up significantly in the last six months of 2021 across the entire U.S. In California prices went up 37% year-over-year. The Midwest saw a 97% rise. You get the picture. Even worse, the increases are here to stay. How can this be? Natural gas prices drive electricity prices, and gas is…

Maine Energy Costs Going WAY Up

If your business buys electricity from Central Maine Power, prices for all of 2022 are up a whopping 82%. (Compare same month prices in 2022 to 2021.) If you’re in Versant, it’s 77%. Ouch! If you’re buying power from the utility, brace yourself. (For help, see below.) Bills arriving in February – April will be…

Energy Scorecard: Sneak Peak

Sustaine’s unique and powerful software generates a customized Energy Scorecard from a single utility bill. The Scorecard reveals which of your energy options will deliver the most savings with the least effort–and it’s absolutely free. Sustaine’s software reveals where the savings are. Our value-added service (also free!) secures the solution via competitive bids and delivers…

Sustaine In the News: Berkshire Trade & Commerce

Sustaine is headquartered in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. The Berkshire region is a wonderful place to live and work, especially when you have a national market for your business like Sustaine does. It’s terrific to get attention from the local press, too. Berkshire Trade & Commerce (Sep 2021, p. 26) published this…

Eversource-Western MA Rates Going Way Up

If you are supplied by Eversource in Western Massachusetts, get ready to pay a lot more. Starting January 1, small business rates are going up 46%. Oh, and you’ll pay more at home, too: Residential rates are going up 45%. As we’ve previously written, prices do change seasonally, and it’s important to compare a full…

Cleaner & Cheaper Energy for Berkshire Innovation Center

Sustaine is pleased to help the Berkshire Innovation Center take control of its energy usage. Switching to renewable energy saves the BIC money, saves carbon, and shows other businesses that they can have cleaner AND cheaper energy, too. BIC Executive Director Ben Sosne adds, “As a non-profit public-private partnership focused on technology and innovation, we…

Comparing Energy Rates

Utility rates are like tax rates. They’re set by government agencies. Your CPA understands tax rules, and helps you minimize your tax bill. To help you understand utility rules, and minimize your electric bill, consider this: Buying power from electricity suppliers that compete with your utility may save you money, or it may not. Always…

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