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As reported by Doug Teagarden, in the The
Weekly Recorder (Claysville, PA) October 22, 1999:
PA -- In winning EPA's first ENERGY STARŪ Small Business
Award, a B&B on the Pennsylvania/West Virginia border has graphically
demonstrated how environmental protection and corporate profit go hand in
Farm Bed & Breakfast, a 100-acre family vacation spot, was honored during
a ceremony recently at EPA's Philadelphia office for its success at making
energy-saving improvements that protect the environment while cutting costs.
Farm recognizes that it can make a contribution to the environment and make a
good business decision as well,' said W. Michael McCabe, regional
administrator of EPA's mid-Atlantic region.
Marcy Tudor said energy efficient activities started the fist day her B&B
first opened for business seven years ago.
of the most important things we do is ask our guests to reuse towels and wash
cloths which saves a lot of water and electricity,' Tudor said.
which features activities for children on its working farm, is situated in a
small community that does not have a recycling program. Tudor said guests are
asked to recycle tin and glass which she then transports to West Virginia's
expanded her energy efficient activities when she recently renovated the
summer kitchen and house. The renovation project included insulation, window
caulking, high efficiency heat pumps and water measures. The insulation alone
cut Tudor's heating bill in half, saving approximately $1,000 a year. 'I'm an
accountant and accountants are always looking for the most efficient ways of
doing thing,' Tudor said. 'The payback was less than one year on our
insulation. Altogether, Weatherbury Farm annually saves an estimated $2,000 a
year and conserves 4,000 gallons of water.'
STARŪ program has always recognized large corporations for their
energy-efficient activities. But until this year there was no specific
recognition for small businesses, which are defined as having 100,000 square
footage or less.
important that we do all we can to encourage small businesses to take
advantage of these programs,' McCabe said. 'As more business people become
aware of the effective and efficient way they can protect the environment,
they will also become aware that it is good for their bottom line.' "