If you’re reading this blog, you probably have some interest in green energy, whether you want to make your business greener or simply want to reduce your own personal carbon footprint. That’s great! You’ve come to the right place. In my daily life, I try to always be cognizant of how my activities are effecting the environment:

  • When I turn on a light switch, how does that affect things in the long run?
  • When I drive across the state, what am I doing to the environment?
  • More importantly, how do these things add up over time, and what changes can I make to improve upon my current practices?

lightbulbBut don’t be fooled. I haven’t always been so environmentally conscious. I’ve come a long way in the past 40 years!

When I was in my prime, I lived in the big city (NYC) and worked as a paralegal at a very competitive law firm. Our business ran on paper and electricity, among other resources, all of which we took for granted. We worked hard, and we didn’t ever stop to think about the environment.

Now that I’m retired, I see the world from a different light. I live in the wide open spaces of central California, and my house runs on solar power. I ride a bicycle rather than driving a car. I grow (some of) my own food and medicine.

Looking back on my previous life in New York City, I can see more clearly what we were doing back then and how maybe we could do it a little better these days, in some ways. The law is the law, and while it does change and evolve, it doesn’t change nearly as rapidly as technology. If I went back there today, I’d make some changes, starting with all of the paper that we printed, signed, printed, signed, and printed again, only to throw most of it in the shredder at the end of the day. What a waste!

Today, businesses across the globe are focusing on making their own practices more environmentally-friendly. Not only can this benefit the environment (and our future), but it can also benefit their bottom line and even their sales (I promise!).

In this blog, I will be exploring what businesses in the 21st century are doing to make our planet a more sustainable place. I’ll take a look at business alliances that support each other through these endeavors. I’ll also lay out the pros and cons of using cleaner energy and more environmentally-friendly practices. For those who are ready to make some changes, I want to talk about what the first steps would be once you’re ready to start making your business greener.

As someone who personally uses solar power to run my household, I want to share with you the various alternative energies that are available to us. Maybe there are some that you’re unfamiliar with and would like to learn more about. Hopefully you can find a clean energy source that will work for your home and your business!

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