Practical Energy Solutions

Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Building Evaluations Services

West Chester, Pennsylvania

United States

About Practical Energy Solutions

Practical Energy Solutions, established in March of 2006, is a privately owned partnership located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Paul Spiegel, P.E., LEED AP is the President and Founder of the company and is a licensed engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, adjunct professor of engineering at Temple University, renowned speaker, and a 26 year veteran of the construction industry in the Greater Philadelphia region. Paul has recruited a talented and passionate team to execute the mission of Practical Energy Solutions: to provide common sense solutions for reducing energy consumption and costs. The business operates as an independent consultant for clients so there is no conflict of interest on any recommended efficiency and conservation measures.

Our primary areas of business can be broken down into three areas:

• Energy Consulting

o Energy Audits
o Building Simulation Modeling and Benchmarking
o Energy Plan Strategy Development and Implementation

• Energy Education & Awareness

o Energy Behavior
o Reporting
o Training

• Technical Advisor

o Energy Programs (Stimulus, Rebate, and Loan)
o Energy Projects
o Feasibility Studies

We are committed to many of the same socially responsible business principals that have been identified by B Lab as core values for B Corporations.

The Change We Seek®

Our Mission is to drive down energy consumption and costs for property owners, managers, and tenants in government, commercial, academic, and industrial/manufacturing markets. We provide independent non-biased advice and consultation customized for each client. We are budget minded, in that we seek solutions that are beneficial well beyond our fee. We are mindful of the challenges of sustainability and what it means to have a positive impact our environment, businesses, and people.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2007

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: >10% reduction in carbon footprint last year; >50% of printed materials made with sustainable/recycled materials

Employees: 100% of employees reimbursed for continuing education; All employees paid living wage; >6% of profits included in profit sharing plan

Community: Offers employees 20+ hrs/yr paid time off to volunteer; >40% of expenditures directed toward local suppliers; >20% of suppliers are located in low-income communities; >10% of profits donated to charities

Consumers: 100% of services help consumers reduce their environmental impact



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