Want to Add Green Initiatives to Your Business or Residence? Chortek Can Help!

Whether you’re looking to bring renewable energy methods to your business, cut down travel with video conferencing, or take advantage of other tax credits or green business initiatives, Chortek can help! Browse the topics below for ways you can be more green with your business (or even your residence!).

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Available tax credits for electric-powered vehicles

If you’re looking to get a tax credit for an electric-powered vehicle this year, for personal or business use, you’ll have to hurry. The federal tax credit maximum of $7,500, which launched in 2010, is quickly dwindling.

The reason? There is a threshold on how many models per automaker the credit can apply for. EV models were being awarded $7,500 in tax credits, while PHEV models received various amounts depending on the size of the battery pack.

Tesla has already hit its threshold. Incentives will be dropping down to $1,875 per vehicle by the end of the year, and then end after 2019. General Motors’ credits will be gone by March 31, 2020, dropping down to $1,875 in credits by October 1.

Credits for other models are also running out, so if you’re looking to add this to your overall plan for green initiatives, make sure you do it within the calendar year. You can find more details about the tax credit from the IRS here.

Tesla Charging Stations
Tesla Charging Stations

If you’re looking to get a tax credit for an electric-powered vehicle this year, for personal or business use, you’ll have to hurry. The federal tax credit maximum of $7,500, which launched in 2010, is quickly dwindling.

The reason? There is a threshold on how many models per automaker the credit can apply for. EV models were being awarded $7,500 in tax credits, while PHEV models received various amounts depending on the size of the battery pack.

Tesla has already hit its threshold. Incentives will be dropping down to $1,875 per vehicle by the end of the year, and then end after 2019. General Motors’ credits will be gone by March 31, 2020, dropping down to $1,875 in credits by October 1.

Credits for other models are also running out, so if you’re looking to add this to your overall plan for green initiatives, make sure you do it within the calendar year. You can find more details about the tax credit from the IRS here.

Renewable Energy Residential Tax Credits

Green Initiatives - Solar Panels

Green initiatives don’t only have to apply to your business. You can also take steps to green your residence, and reap the benefits! These benefits are available through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Time is a factor in these tax credits. The sooner you place these systems, the greater benefits you will receive. Tax credits are available for fuel cells, geothermal heat pumps, and small wind turbines.

Date when systems are placed in service Tax Credit
By Dec. 31, 2019 30%
Jan. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020 26%
Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021 22%

The tax credit expires on December 31, 2021. It can be applied to both new and existing homes. Credits can also apply to both your principal home and your second home. This benefit applies to geothermal heat pumps, residential wind turbines, solar energy systems, and residential fuel cells and microturbine systems. More details about what can apply for this tax credit can be found on the dropdown of Energy Star’s page.

Focus on Energy Wisconsin

Renewable Energy via Wind Turbines

Focus on Energy is a Wisconsin utility partnership that works with farms, schools, local government organizations, businesses, and property owners to install renewable and energy efficient projects.

Business Incentive Program

One of the programs that could be of particular interest to you as a business owner is the Business Incentive Program, which is applicable to businesses that have an average electric demand under 1,000 kW per month. The program generally applies to grocery stores, banks, breweries, manufacturing companies, and food processors. You would work with Focus on Energy advisors, partners, or contractors to help determine what you may be eligible for. (We can also help you figure out what might apply for you – contact us to learn more!)

You may be eligible for prescriptive or custom incentives, depending on what kind of equipment you are looking to replace, add, or eliminate. Incentives can be awarded within 60 days of installation with an application

Renewable Energy Program

Focus on Energy also has a Renewable Energy Program, that offers a few different incentives depending on what you are looking to do. If you’re installing renewable energy systems, like solar electric or geothermal heat pumps, you could receive incentives through either Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP) funds or Prescriptive Renewable Incentives. There are even some study grants available for ambitious businesses looking to determine feasibility of biogas projects as a source of renewable energy.

Other Focus on Energy Programs

Other programs through Focus on Energy include:

  • Design Assistance, which offers benefits to both design teams and building owners who commit to efforts to make new buildings energy-efficient. The buildings need to be at least 5,000 feet.
  • Small Business, which includes equipment upgrades for lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, food service equipment, and process systems that save energy and money for your business.
  • Agriculture, Schools, and Government Programs, where you would work with energy advisors on energy-saving programs.
  • Emerging Technologies, for businesses that work on new efficient and renewable energy technologies.
  • Large Energy Users Program, which is designed for businesses with larger energy demands than can be incentivized by the Business Incentive Program.
  • And, Strategic Energy Management, which also applies to large industrial businesses and is built inside that program for businesses that are looking to be more strategic about energy usage.

DSIRE Clean Energy Tech Center

DSIRE’s website has a long list of programs that are available to business owners in Wisconsin. Use this tool to search for rebate programs, grants, green power purchasing, tax exemptions, tax credits, and other energy-related programs that could apply to your business. Different programs are available based on geographic area, type of green initiatives you’re looking to enact, and so on. The listing includes information that can be found in other resources listed above, plus many more you may not know about.

The list can be overwhelming, but we can help you sift through it. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your business today.

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Green initiatives - green grass forming a heart
Green initiatives - green grass forming a heart

DSIRE’s website has a long list of programs that are available to business owners in Wisconsin. Use this tool to search for rebate programs, grants, green power purchasing, tax exemptions, tax credits, and other energy-related programs that could apply to your business. Different programs are available based on geographic area, type of green initiatives you’re looking to enact, and so on. The listing includes information that can be found in other resources listed above, plus many more you may not know about.

The list can be overwhelming, but we can help you sift through it. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your business today.

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TechDoc Portal

Chortek's TechDoc Portal - Could be the missing piece to your IT documentation system

The TechDoc portal could not only be the missing piece to your IT documentation project, but it could also play an important role in cutting down on paper in your office.

What happens if your IT person, who holds all your IT documentation, is not available for some reason, and you need something right away? If you are not confident that your data available when you need it at all hours of the day, it’s time to improve your documentation processes. Learn more about our TechDoc Portal today, and never again worry about what might happen if the one person who holds your passwords gets “hit by a bus”!

Video Conferencing

Chortek's Zoom Video Conferencing

There are clear environmental benefits to video conferencing. Meeting via video means you can cut down on driving or flying to offices to have face-to-face meetings. With video conferencing, you can feel like you’re in the room with someone, while lessening your carbon footprint.

Getting equipment that people want to use, like installing a Zoom Room, means that you won’t just be buying an “expensive paperweight” that ends up as electronic waste shortly after you buy it. You’ll get good use out of what you’re buying.

Learn more about our cloud video conferencing services and contact us to get a quote for your business today.

Backup and Data Recovery

What happens when disaster strikes your business? Do you have a backup system in place? Chortek has partnered with datto and installs data protection products to help you get back up in running in minutes. The bonus to this is that cloud backup recovery is also great for the planet! You’re cutting down on the physical space and materials it takes to create and store older forms of backup technology, like tapes and external hard drives. Plus you’re not at risk of losing data that is captured, and you can get back to work in a much more timely manner.

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datto logo

What happens when disaster strikes your business? Do you have a backup system in place? Chortek has partnered with datto and installs data protection products to help you get back up in running in minutes. The bonus to this is that cloud backup recovery is also great for the planet! You’re cutting down on the physical space and materials it takes to create and store older forms of backup technology, like tapes and external hard drives. Plus you’re not at risk of losing data that is captured, and you can get back to work in a much more timely manner.

Sadoff E-Recycling and Data Destruction

A flat lay image of a laptop and other electronic devices - When you're done with the latest technology, how do you recycle it?

What do you do with your electronics when the technology is no longer the latest and greatest? You don’t want to just throw it away and contribute to more electronic waste. What’s the alternative? Find an electronics recycling facility that’s dedicated to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Chortek uses and recommends Sadoff E-Recycling and Data Destruction. It’s who we use when we need to recycle responsibly. They’re also dedicated to secure data destruction, so with Sadoff’s services, you know the data that lived on your old devices won’t fall into the wrong hands.

Engage in More Than Green Initiatives – Become a B Corporation

Become a B Corporation

Becoming a B Corporation is not just about adhering to environmental standards, but it’s also about being a business that is publicly transparent, legally accountable, and socially aware and engaged. Inclusivity and sustainability are key.

Engaging in green initiatives at your business is one step in the right direction toward becoming a certified B Corporation, but to learn more about what else goes into it, visit the B Corporation website, take the assessment, or learn more about currently certified B Corps in Wisconsin.

Contact us – Your business can be greener on the other side!

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