WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- In the rapidly changing green business world, sometimes it's hard to keep up on the latest trends. Local green professionals gathered at the Emerging Green Businesses Conference in Wrightsville Beach today to share their ideas and successes.
"Geothermal has been a fantastic market for us," said Jim Cornette of Applied Resource Management. "It's allowed us to grow our business about 35 percent over the last year and a half or so."
Cornette is just one of the many green entrepreneurs that have popped up locally. His business revolves around geothermal energy, which drills holes around your home and uses the ground and groundwater to keep your home comfortable.
"In the summertime, we will leave the heat in the ground and pull the coolness out," he said. "In the wintertime we will pull the heat out of the ground and put the coolness back in."
The name of the game is really about saving energy. Cornette's customers have cut their bills by two-thirds at times.
But some other businesses have customers making more energy than they need.
"If you produce more than what you're using, your meter will actually run backwards, which is something most people have never seen before," said Gary LaBer of Southeastern Energy Corp.
Southeastern Energy Corp sells solar panels to homeowners, which can make your home electrically self-sufficient. And yes, you can even sell extra power to the power company putting money back in your pocket.
With many companies sharing their ideas and success stories, it seems like green may be the way to go for the future.
"Whether it's to improve our environment or reduce our dependency on foreign oil, I think everybody's beginning to get on board with saving energy or producing energy," LaBer said.
"Green is a major player in the local economy, and we're seeing that ourselves," Cornette said. "We're so happy and so content, and our future is very bright."
This was the second Emerging Green Businesses Conference held locally. WWAY is happy to be a proud sponsor of the event.