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Ten Ways to Make Your Rental Property Energy-Efficient

Concern for the environment and sustainability have become commonplace these days. While it seems that homeowners have the advantage when it comes to “going green,” there are things that landlords can do too. It’s true that you don’t want to spend much on a rental property, but you can help to improve your building’s overall […]

10 Green Restaurants Across the United States

Managing a restaurant requires a lot of work from start to finish each day. However, to run a restaurant, it’s important to rethink your ethical standards and guidelines to provide a more eco-friendly workplace. By offering eco-friendly food and beverages, you can help lower your impact on global warming in the world along with these […]

Should You Bother Green-Certifying Your Building?

It is entirely obvious that the real estate market is always changing and developing. ENERGY STAR products, LEED, and the National Green Building Standard are more sought after now than ever before. Although green building certification is not a requirement for any new development, certifying your building in this manner can benefit you in many […]

Tax Reform Is an Even Bigger Challenge than Repeal

The House GOP health plan has failed, and the reaction of many congressional Republicans, including President Donald Trump, was to switch issues and change the focus to tax reform. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin maintains a positive attitude about their chances of success, as he claims that tax reform is simpler to handle than the far […]

How To Choose An Energy Efficiency Auditor

As a business owner, many things require your attention. Thereby, making it difficult to find time to conduct a thorough assessment of how and where energy is being used in your business. Contacting an energy efficiency auditor could save you the hassle of meticulously identifying features that contribute to your overall energy performance, and provide […]

How to Get Full Value from the PATH Act Credits This Tax Season

According to the IRS, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act provides 20+ provisions designed to offer individuals, families and business owners additional credits, deductions and exclusions. It also includes provisions to guard against the possibility of tax fraud. As the new tax season begins, McGuire Sponsel wants to remind each of our valued […]

How Your Lighting Impacts the Tax Aspects of Your Business

For decades, the incandescent light was the main star in many homes and business establishments. But times have changed.  Technology has gone a long way especially in the last 15 years or so. Although incandescent light bulbs still exist to these days, many residential spaces, offices, schools, restaurants, and enterprises are quickly switching to energy […]

Get an Energy Efficiency Audit Before Renovating Your Cafe or Restaurant

Making changes to your café or restaurant is an important part of staying in business. Every day, new competitors emerge in the food industry and threaten to attract your customers’ attention. But when it comes to renovations, many café or restaurant owners focus more on staffing, supply costs, or equipment. Very few pay attention to […]

10 Most Environmentally-Friendly Countries

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is a method of quantifying a state or country’s environmental policies. It is a successor to the Environmental Sustainability Index and the Pilot Environmental Performance Index. Yale University and the World Economic Forum collaborated with the Columbia University and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center on all three indices. The […]