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After Iraq: Soldiers’ love of country leads to entrepreneurship in green business
By Caitlin Coakley HUNTERSVILLE — Chris and Jon Boggiano know firsthand the consequences of America’s dependence on foreign oil. Serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 made them believe the country needs to find alternate sources of energy to avoid future conflict. “Seeing what’s possible in terms of energy efficiency like they have in Europe, and then seeing the death and all the issues that are a result of having our military presence pretty much required in the Middle East … we’re wasting both a tremendous amount of money and the livelihoods of our soldiers,” said Jon, 31. After he and his brother, 29, ended their active duty and came back to Charlotte, they still had a desire to do something for the country. The best way, they decided, would be to start a business helping others increase the energy-efficiency of their homes and offices. The Boggianos became certified as energy auditors by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in 2008.