What you don’t know about energy-consuming equipment in your buildings could cost you. Boilers, furnaces, water heaters, air-conditioners, windows — if any of these systems are under performing, you are losing money.
Assessing the efficiency of systems and navigating through rebate programs to improve a building can seem like a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of local utility companies and the wealth of free resources and technical assistance available today, improving the efficiency of a building and saving money can be easy. There are countless ways to save and improve the bottom line.
Identify and Assess
Knowledge is power and in this case, money. The first step is to inventory existing equipment and look at proven suggestions for improving energy performance.
The Department of Energy website is an invaluable resource for cost saving tips. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Program works closely with the building industry to conduct research and development on energyefficient technologies and promote energy and money-saving opportunities to builders and consumers. Find tips on their website on how to use efficient and renewable energy in buildings and access information resources, training and financial incentives, as well as relevant publications and webinar information.
Another significant, free resource to building owners is the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure, online environment. Whether you own, manage or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.
Your Utility Can Help
If you plan to purchase new equipment – such as food service, laundry, HVAC, water heating or lighting – find out what rebate programs are available by contacting your utility company. Local utility companies are a great starting point and can provide beneficial, free information on improving your building’s performance.
Both major utility companies in Utah have energy-efficiency programs available for existing and newly constructed commercial buildings. Utilities may provide rebates or incentives for specific types of energyefficient equipment and can help you identify cost-effective, energy-saving opportunities. Rebates for energyefficient equipment provide immediate cost savings at the time of purchase, and the equipment will provide significant energy savings over time.
Now, Start Saving!
Take advantage of the wide array of resources available to building owners to help improve the energy performance of your buildings. If you have determined that an equipment upgrade is right for your building and situation, contact your local utility to verify your eligibility and start the process today. Once your qualifying project is complete, you can look forward to receiving a rebate and begin reaping the benefits of energy and cost savings.
To learn more about commercial energy efficiency, visit www.eere.energy.gov and www.energystar.gov. For more information about energy eff iciency, technical assistance, and how to take advantage of rebates for natural gas equipment, contact QuestarGas® Company’s ThermWise® program representatives at ThermWise.com or call 1-800-567-3460. Additional resources and incentives may be available for electric equipment by visiting rockymountainpower.net/wattsmart.