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By Kayla Bergman
Policy manager Center for Rural Affairs 

Through simple measures, rural entrepreneurs can become climate leaders


Investments in renewable energy and efficiency provide opportunities for business owners to reduce costs and improve their bottom line. Additionally, when commercial energy users cut usage and invest in efficiency, emissions reductions can be achieved.

Focusing on energy efficiency can be as simple as turning up or down—depending on the season— the thermostat in the office by 10-15 degrees when no one is around at night, insulating workspaces with energy efficient windows and doors, and installing LED or other energy saving light bulbs. Switching off lights when not in use, either manu...

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