Biz Beat: Tahoe firm helps shrink energy bills |

Biz Beat: Tahoe firm helps shrink energy bills

Emma Garrard / Tribune file photoDave Simon, CEO of Evergreen Energy Solutions, sets up a demonstration he typically gives to clients. The presentation shows how one of their EasiLiner energy-reduction devices cuts the amount of amperage needed to run a small motor.

A new firm in the Lake Tahoe area can help your business save money on energy bills.

Evergreen Energy Solutions is an energy-consulting firm. If businesses are interested, the firm will schedule a walkthrough of the location and determine what can be done to make the electric system more efficient.

David Simon, chief executive officer of Evergreen Energy Solutions, said hotels can reduce electric bills by 8 percent to 9 percent, offices by 6 percent to 7 percent, and grocery stores have the potential to save up to 10 percent.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re talking about $8,000 – that gets people’s attention,” Simon said.

The office is located in Incline Village, but Simon said he’s currently working with six businesses on the South Shore, too.

Clients will be able to see the payback within three years, Simon said.

Simon said the firm has a five-year goal to lower usage by a total of 250 million kilowatt-hours or more over the next five years. This would reduce carbon emissions by more than 100,000 tons and sulfur emissions by more than 600,000 pounds over the five-year period.

The firm also donates 10 percent of its earnings toward nonprofit environmental organizations. Businesses who employ the firm also can make suggestions on which nonprofit groups to donate to, Simon said.

For more information, check out the Web site or call (775) 841-8600.

Now you can have your pasta and eat it, too – Fasta Pasta, located at 2297 Lake Tahoe Blvd. inside Tahoe Keys Liquor Store, can help you out.

The quick pasta stop brings the quality of homemade pasta and sauces to your taste buds in less than 10 minutes. The shop opened last month.

Owner Ivano Costantim said he’s had the idea to open a fast pasta place for a long time. He and his daughter came up with the name when she was 6 years old (she’s now 19 years old).

In Italian, the name means “hurry up and make the pasta,” Costantim said.

Costantim said he wanted to provide more options for people looking for a quick meal. All his pastas and breads are homemade, and he prepares the sauces, too.

To order, just choose the pasta, the sauce and any extra veggies or meats.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, just stop on in.

” Have information on your business that you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or

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