This easy-to-use small business calculator can help determine the value of energy efficiency measures.
Cash Flow Opportunities Spreadsheet – This tool helps decision-makers quantify the costs of delaying an energy efficiency project by addressing threee critical questions:
1. How much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings?
2. Should the equipment pruchase be financed now or is it better to wait and use cash from a future budget?
3. Is money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate?
Sure Energy Savers
Plug Load Management
Annual Average Plug Loads for Common Office Items
Offices: Plug and Process Load Energy Reduction, Office Worksheet
Retail: Plug and Process Load Energy Reduction, Retail Worksheet
Commercial Office Plug Load Savings Assessment
Plug Loads management Best Practices
Commercial Plug Loads; How much do they use, and how much can you save
Energy Star Thermostat Recommendations
Heating, cooling, and ventilation comprise about 30 percent of a typical commercial building’s electricity usage. Your leased space provides several no- and low-cost opportunities to increase efficiency:
If you can control the temperatures in your space, use a programmable thermostat to automatically set temperatures back by at least 10 degrees after-hours, on the weekends, and in unoccupied space.
Adjust temperature settings seasonally – for example, 74 degrees in the cooling season and 68 degrees in the heating season.
Encourage employees to close window blinds during hot weather to reduce solar heat gain, and to leave blinds open in the winter to benefit from the sun’s warmth.
Prohibit space heaters and portable fans, which often counteract the HVAC system’s efforts to maintain comfortable space temperatures.
Clear the areas near vents of furniture, file cabinets, and stacks of paper. Blocked vents make ventilation systems work harder and waste energy.
EPA EnergyStar’s Online Payback Calculator for LED Exit Signs. Note – The current minimum federal efficiency standard requires that all exit signs manufactured on or after January 1, 2006 must have an input power demand of 5 watts or less per face. LED exit signs and retrofit kits vary widely in price, material and style from about $20 to over $200. Payback period depends on which LED model is purchased and what it replaces. EnergyStar calculated that LED exit signs use about 44 kWh annually versus Fluorescent/CFL at 140 kWh and Incandescent at 350 kWh. That’s approximately a 70% and 87% decrease in energy use respectively!
Lighting Retrofits. Replacing lights with more energy efficient models (for example, T12 with T8, CFL, or LED) can have significant savings and ROI. Check out this article for more information.
Retrocommissioning, or taking stock of all equipment and getting it to run optimally, is typically priced on a per/sf basis. The cost varies from $0.10 – $1.00 per/sf.
“Getting the Yes” Case Studies: FINAL Harford County Schools Case Study; 2c Getting to Yes FINAL Anne Arundel Medial Center CaseStudy ; Getting to Yes FINAL Westminster Case Study
Business case for energy efficiency in public schools: Business Case – Public School EE (Final)
Energy Performance Guides and Model Templates
Local Resources CEVA
Local Resources NOVA
The Loudon County Green Business Challenge – The Green Business Challenge is a friendly points-based competition that challenges your business to reach for more efficient and sustainable practices in their operations. Joining the Challenge can benefit the environment and local community, while helping you improve your bottom line.
Arlington Green Games – The Green Games is a friendly competition for residents and businesses to reduce costs while reducing their emissions. The year-long competition puts individuals and businesses in the race for the gold. The highly interactive program incorporates trainings, best practices, and technical assistance along the way.