Want to know how much energy your business can save just by turning off computers at night? Or who to talk to about reducing your waste stream? Why everyone is talking about Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs? Where to recycle toner cartridges or #5 plastics? Now you can find answers online at the new Wayne Businesses Conserve! website at http://waynebusinessesconserve.weebly.com Wayne Businesses Conserve! is a pilot program recognizing and supporting local businesses who are practicing energy conservation and is sponsored by SEEDS, Workforce Wayne, and PPL Electric Utilities.

The resource section on the site provides answers to all these questions and much more. You can find information on financing and monetary incentives for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy installation, as well as calculate the savings you might accrue by implementing any of these practices.

Wayne Businesses Conserve! is taking it a step further however and promoting local resources. One section of the website is devoted to “Local Partners”—organization, businesses, contractors, solar installers, energy auditors—anyone who can help fellow NEPA businesses save energy, increase their efficiency and their overall sustainability. “We want to demonstrate that there are plenty of products and jobs associated with energy conservation & renewable energy that can be filled right here in our own community. Supporting our local businesses and our local economy goes hand in hand with the SEEDS mission of promoting sustainable living in NEPA.” explains WBC intern Danielle Hoffman.

“There are a lot of businesses in Wayne County that are aware of the economic, environmental and social benefits of energy conservation,” says Hoffman. “ We want to recognize them, support them, and share their stories so that other local businesses might be inspired to explore energy conservation in their own operations.” The website features the 11 participating organizations: Turano Insurance, Rent-E-Quip, Nature’s Grace, The Himalayan Institute, The Dime Bank, The Wayne Independent, the Grace Episcopal Church, the Beach Lake Methodist Church, Gravity Ice Cream & Bowling Alley, East Shore Lodging and Highlights for Children.

Please visit the Wayne Businesses Conserve! website, http://waynebusinessesconserve.weebly.com to learn more about the program, how you can become a participant, or how you can become a local partner. Please contact wbc.seeds@gmail.com with questions.

Wayne Businesses Conserve! is a pilot program sponsored by SEEDS, Workforce Wayne and PPL Electric Utilities. Run throughout the summer of 2010 in Honesdale, PA, this program aims to recognize the energy conservation efforts of local businesses, share simple, affordable and economically sound conservation techniques and raise awareness about a sustainable energy future. Each WBC! participant has met established criteria in 6 different categories: energy conservation, renewable power, transportation, water conservation, purchasing & waste prevention and recycling & composting. Please contact WBC! with any questions at wbc.seeds@gmail.com or visit http://waynebusinessesconserve.weebly.com for more information.

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