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Businesses Get Tips on Managing Energy Costs During Lunch & Learn Talks

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Lunch and learn talk at CitySpace Lunch and learn talk at CitySpace

Area businesses are gaining some useful knowledge about going green in a series of lunch and learn talks sponsored by the Better Business Challenge. Thursday’s presentation, held at CitySpace in Charlottesville from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., focused on managing energy costs such as electricity, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation.

Account Manager William Leet works for Trane heating and air conditioning. He says over 40 percent of a business's out-of-pocket expenses can come from utilities.

"Turn it off if you can, the other one is turn it down if you can't shut it off, and the third one is be proactive about it, because with time, things fail, your energy use gets poor. You really have to surf in front of the wave, not behind it,” said Leet.

The Better Business Challenge scores participating companies on energy efficiency and cost savings over the course of nine months. The contest started last September.

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