“It’s a no-brainer decision for us,” Brian Kelly, owner of East End Tick and Mosquito Control, said about the company’s recent installation of solar roofing at the Southampton office. “We’re eliminating 194 tons of carbon emissions released in the Southampton community, where not only my business, but also my family, resides. At the same time, we’re saving money on our electric bill. It’s a win-win situation.”
48 solar panels were installed at their Hamptons headquarters, and the 12-kilowatt electric system, more commonly called a Photovoltaic system, produces 14,000 kilowatts a year. Brian Tymann, owner of BGT Consulting, LLC in Westhampton was in charge of the three-day-long project. “It just makes sense,” Tymann said. “Whether you want independence from electric bills and rate increases, or are motivated by sustainability, it’s a return on your investment.” The eco-friendly change will save East End Tick and Mosquito Control approximately $3,500 per year.
East End Tick & Mosquito Control is one of many businesses joining the movement to “go green.” The cost of installing a solar panel system upfront varies depending on the system’s size, but small businesses can receive federal and state tax and rebate credits to counteract large initial fees. Several businesses are taking advantage of the rebate credits, as according to Office Depot’s Small Business Index Study, 61 percent of small businesses are actively trying to go green, and 70 percent anticipate doing so in the next two years.