Like all companies working to succeed in a weakened economy, JBS USA LLC (JBS), formerly JBS Swift & Company, strives to do more with less, by cutting unnecessary expenses and operating as efficiently as possible. But, JBS also has a vision for the future, which includes smart investments in their operation that will yield long-term savings. And with the help of energy efficiency rebates from Worthington Public Utilities and Bright Energy Solutions, JBS began an energy improvement project that’s expected to save them about $215,500 per year.
Never underestimate the power of a few determined young people who want to make a difference. That’s the lesson Ortonville High School science teacher Kristi Moberg has learned as advisor for the Local Environmental Focus Team (LEFT). The seven-member student group organized in January of 2009 to encourage their peers and teachers to recycle. Within a few months, they had researched a host of other energy-saving measures for their school and been awarded a $20,000 state grant to fund their recommended improvements
The right lighting fixtures can reduce energy use and boost the bottom line for businesses. In fact, lighting can account for 35-40 percent of the electricity used in commercial businesses, and energy efficient lights can reduce energy consumption by 30-50 percent or more.
Pembina County Memorial Hospital recently completed a project that involved energy efficiency upgrades to the lighting in their facility. The hospital was able to apply for rebates from Cavalier Municipal Utilities. CMU provided $8,860 in rebates to the hospital.