Remaining environmentally conscious while constructing new structures is essential for homeowners and companies alike. When purchasing materials and land, buyers who want to reduce energy output have a number of ways in which they can do so, including using only recycled items to insulate and construct buildings, or installing radiant heat flooring both inside and outside to cut electrical costs. Either way, individuals who have commissioned the creation of a new building can rest easy knowing that they have helped contribute to a reduced carbon footprint. Some of the world's largest corporations have stressed energy efficiency in their operations, focusing on purchasing or implementing devices that may decrease their expended energy.
Google spends $1 billion on clean energy
Recently, Google opened the world's largest solar energy plant in Ivanpah, Calif., that will reduce thousands of California residents' energy costs. However, the company has a history of investing in smart technology that helps improve the environment. On its green website, Google details how it has invested more than $1 billion on projects geared toward renewable energy, including both wind and solar. The International Business Times reported that Google currently receives 34 percent of its power from these plants, but it hopes to become 100 percent reliant upon them in the future.
In addition to the strides executives have made to provide funding for environmental initiatives around the globe, Google says its facilities operate using less energy than competitors in its field. For example, its website claims the company's data centers use 50 percent less energy than other centers used by different corporations. Additionally, the company committed itself to constantly improving its facilities, incorporating new technology as it becomes available.
Industry leaders create more energy than they use
Intel, Nokia and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are three other companies that operate solely on renewable energy, according to Daily Finance. According to a company press release, Intel is the largest producer of green power in the country. In addition to funding and producing renewable energy plants, Intel is known to partner with other corporations to promote the use of sustainable energy in daily operations.
Green Mountain, which produces brewed coffee for consumers, accumulates enough energy to power 120 percent of its consumption, according to the news source. The website for this company emphasizes environmental awareness, local community support and promoting sustainable products within its operations.