As the recycled materials industry prepares to turn the corner into winter, concerns about energy costs are high on business owners’ planning. The Department of Energy predicts households will experience price increases as temperatures drop and more demand increases—the same holds true for businesses. But Energy Information Administration data shows U.S. commercial buildings have become more energy efficient. A program offered by ISRI can help guide your company to the right side of that trend.

APPI Energy is available to provide data-driven, holistic energy management services and custom solutions to ISRI members at no upfront cost or obligation. As part of your member benefit, APPI Energy will analyze your energy usage, evaluate your energy bill, deliver a green-apples-to-green-apples comparison of supplier prices and contracts, and negotiate a supply solution tailored to your budgetary needs and sustainability goals.

In addition to electricity and natural gas procurement strategies designed to help recyclers secure more favorable pricing and contracts, APPI Energy offers energy management solutions to reduce demand, reduce costs, and increase sustainability. Those proposals can range from LED lighting retrofits to adding solar or wind power to “demand response”—reducing or shifting electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is another area where APPI Energy can help.

Through APPI’s online data-management platform, companies can benchmark historical energy usage and gain an understanding of their current carbon outputs. This is becoming more critical as supply chains and stakeholders are increasing their demands for organizations to make reductions for a renewable future, says Margo Madden, APPI Energy’s vice president of energy solutions. “Not only are we going to help our clients get the best price for the power they’re already purchasing, but we’re also going to attack the demand portion of their bill, as help them become more resilient and guide them on a path towards increased sustainability,” she says. “The exciting thing about this [energy] space is that it’s constantly evolving. Who knows what great solutions we’re going to be able to offer in the next few decades?”

Since 1999, APPI Energy has been an endorsed American Society of Association Executives Business Solutions partner. APPI Energy runs hundreds of agnostic RFP proposals per month. ISRI’s partnership with APPI Energy means that by using APPI services, you streamline energy management while supporting your trade association.

“We used to focus simply on getting members of the association a better price for the energy that they need to purchase,” Madden explains. “Now we’re helping them figure out how to implement financially and functionally vetted solutions that are going to improve their actual business model, save money, reduce the amount of energy they are using, and then set, meet, and exceed those sustainability goals.”

APPI Energy works with only the most trusted, heavily vetted suppliers, and they are product and technology agnostic. For more information, visit the frequently asked questions section of APPI Energy’s website or contact their team at (800) 520-6685 or