environmental sustainability

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Green Expectations: How Millennials are Changing the HVAC Industry

Generational shift often leads to changing consumer needs, which Owens openly embraces. By standing at the forefront and intersection of innovation and customer-centered service, Owens ensures that their customer base is understood and their needs are met, both in model and in practice. Each generation attributes value differently. In fact, …

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What are the Benefits of Green Buildings?

Most of us already know that “green buildings” are synonymous with environmental friendliness. That means they are less expensive to operate while also being better for our planet. How important that really is might be shocking. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) estimates that commercial buildings are themselves responsible for …

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What is LEED Certified?

Short for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, LEED is a building certification that is recognized worldwide and signifies sustainability (environmentally, socially, and economically responsible buildings). Big or small, commercial or residential, new or old; any building structure is eligible to be awarded LEED certification. The process to becoming certified …

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Choose Owens as Your Commercial HVAC Contractor

Owens is the Twin Cities’ leading commercial mechanical contractor. For renovation, ongoing support, or emergency services — we offer comprehensive solutions to meet every need. You can count on us for: Design/Build Contracting Retrofit and Modernization Building Automation Controls Energy Management Preventive Maintenance We deliver results not excuses. Being a true …

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Residential Solar Energy — What's The Deal?

Gaining more and more headlines is solar energy and its applications for residential use. Not meant to be overly comprehensive or technical, this post gives you a brief glimpse into the world of residential solar and its future. The concept behind a residential solar energy system is this: photovoltaic solar …

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How Efficient is Your AC Unit?

Higher efficiency air conditioning units are better for the environment and will cut down your energy bill each month. For those reasons and more, every homeowner should understand how efficient their current AC unit is and be able to accurately compare it to the efficiency of models on the market …

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Earth Day

April 22, 1970, the first earth day. I was in 9th grade- I remember riding my bike about 20 miles to participate in all day festivities at the University of Minnesota. I wonder how we’re doing? Have we passed a strong enough message to our children? I often think there …

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