One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses – Education – Part 8 of an 8 Week Series
At Lime Energy, we help utilities around the country bring energy efficiency to their small business customers. With over 15,000 completed projects to date, we have learned a lot about the unique needs of small business customers. Over an 8 part series, we are taking a look at several small business types and uncovering their potential for energy savings. In many cases, these businesses are eligible for incentives from their utility to cover a large portion of the project cost, making the long-term benefits of energy efficiency even more attainable.
The US Department of Energy reports that each year, taxpayers spend $6 billion on energy for the nation’s schools, which is both about 25% more than necessary and more than is spent on computers and textbooks combined. Energy costs are second only to personnel costs in K-12 budgets and the EPA estimates that $2 billion can be saved by improving energy efficiency in schools. Energy is also one of the few expenses that can be cut without affecting student instruction and in fact, energy efficiency actually creates brighter, safer and more comfortable learning environments.
Similar to other business environments, schools have a great opportunity to implement both no-cost and low-cost options to improve the efficiency of their facilities. Federal and utility incentive funding in many states make it possible to complete retrofit projects without significantly impacting budgets. Often, the annual savings can be applied to other capital projects and instructional needs. The following measures represent the greatest opportunity for schools to become energy efficient:
For a detailed review of these measures and their application in your learning facility, schedule an energy audit with a qualified contractor today. From incentive programs to equipment rebates and recycling, local utilities may provide assistance in determining how best to implement energy efficiency solutions. To learn more about programs available in your area, visit www.lime-energy.com/smallbusiness.
For the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Efficiency Programs in K-12 Schools Guide, please visit http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/documents/pdf/k-12_guide.pdf.
For more on small business energy efficiency:
Part 4 – Restaurant Energy Efficiency
Part 5 – Office Space Energy Efficiency
Part 6 – Manufacturing Energy Efficiency
Part 8 – Energy Efficiency in Education