Searcy Sees Conservation as Smart Business (Green Initiatives | Winner, 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:00 am  

Since August 2012, “Searcy Energy Smart” has seen a difference in the city’s monetary and environmental figures. The implementation of the initiative has resulted in $571,000 in one-time cash incentives being invested in energy efficiency improvements to local households and businesses with a further $409,600 in utility bill savings to date, which has even more potential to grow in the near future.

“Over 10 years, these annual savings could grow to a total of $4.1 million, which can then be circulated throughout the local economy to help strengthen the business community,” Layne said.

Something else worth noting is the major reduction of CO2 emissions by 3.7 million pounds and the 871 tons of newspaper, cardboard, plastic, paper and tin that have been recycled.

Ford said the initiative is something that can replicated by other communities. Layne and Ford said the program could not be as successful without the help of volunteers and support of area businesses and local residents.

“The Searcy Chamber of Commerce committee who was formed to generate ideas and to implement the initiatives, as well as the support of the Searcy mayor David Morris and businesses such as Think Advertising, were all instrumental in this successful program,” Layne said.

Additionally, limited dollars were utilized and a $1,000 grant from Main Street Searcy provided funding for advertising collaterals.

“The community leaders and citizens of Searcy make this a great place to implement a project like this,” Ford said. “[There is] lots of support for it.”



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