“Frugal” US businesses cut energy use by a quarter

American businesses are entering “a new era of energy frugality” with many hoping to cut energy use by a quarter. Businesses are aiming for an average reduction of nearly 25% […]

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By Vicky Ellis

American businesses are entering “a new era of energy frugality” with many hoping to cut energy use by a quarter. Businesses are aiming for an average reduction of nearly 25% over the next three to four years, according to a survey by Deloitte’s US Center for Energy Solutions.

Greg Aliff, one of the survey’s authors from Deloitte said: “The recession is profoundly changing energy habits for both businesses and consumers. Using less may be the new normal, from boardroom tables to the kitchen tables.”

The annual survey called ‘reSources’ 2012, found 9 out of 10 companies have set goals for their electricity usage and energy management practices – with cutting costs the reason behind this for two thirds of businesses.

More than 600 business decision-makers and more than 2,200 householders were polled in the survey.