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4. Government/Utility Incentive Programs

A cost-effective way to start a sustainability program is to check with your local utility and municipal, provincial or federal governments to see if they have any incentive programs available. Most utilities will provide rebates for energy efficiency projects such as buying an energy efficient HVAC or switching your heating to an air-source heat pump instead of natural gas. Many governments across the world are still subsidizing solar power, which can make the payback periods for rooftop solar fall from around 8-10 years to 4-6 years. For Ontarians, we recommend checking Save On Energy to see what programs your business might be eligible for (

Incorporating Sustainability into your Small Business

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