Can you imagine a day in which your business used only renewable sources of energy?

That might seem hard to imagine, but scientists have been even more ambitious and have laid out a hypothetical path to show how New York State could be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2050.

The study by Stanford University offers a blueprint on how the Big Apple can switch from fossil fuels to wind farms, solar panels, geothermal sources and hydroelectricity. The report also shows that improving energy efficiency of buildings through better insulation, lighting and heating will also help the state to make the switch.

Is this just pie in the sky? Not necessarily, New York is already embracing green retrofits to buildings to make savings on business electricity – the most prominent of these is the Empire State Building.

The iconic skyscraper has inspired companies everywhere after if underwent a $550 million retrofit, including insulating an enormous 6,514 windows. The aim of the changes is to cut energy use in the building by nearly 40%. It also signed a contract in 2011 to buy wind power for 100% of its energy needs.

If the state of New York and its most iconic building can do it then your business could do. The move towards renewable energy is set to continue over the next ten years as new technology develops to help companies make the switch. There are plenty of opportunities for small and medium sized businesses in the UK to become more energy efficient and even to start producing their own commercial electricity.

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Generating your own energy can help you save money in the long run by cutting back on electricity bills. You’ll also give your company a boost in the green stakes with a reduction in carbon emissions.

There are several options available if you wish to start generating your own energy. Wind turbines, solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels tend to be among the most popular options and the technology is already available to start installing these products on your premises.

Another low carbon way of producing energy is by using a biomass system where the heat from burning wood pellets, logs or chips is used for heating or hot water. It’s a low carbon option because the carbon dioxide produced when the wood is burned is equal to the carbon dioxide absorbed by the plant when it was alive.

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