According to current research, homes and buildings consume 40 percent of the energy generated in the United States—more than vehicles. In many cases, this energy consumption not only wastes precious natural resources but also leads to higher operating costs for organizations and less funds available for programs. Particularly for nonprofits and schools, an investment in energy efficiency can lead to real savings that can be applied towards programs or saved to provide long-term financial security.
The process for making a facility more energy efficient, however, is complex and requires among other things technical expertise and analysis to assess a building’s performance, access to financing to pay for any recommended efficiency upgrades, and active project management to see the process through from an initial energy audit to managing the construction process and finally monitoring the impact and savings of recommended improvements. Few nonprofits have the experience and capacity to manage the process on their own.
The Energy Institute offers nonprofits and schools:
- Streamlined and cost-effective process for obtaining an energy audit on a facility;
- Detailed reports prescribing energy savings measures as well as suggested capital improvements with the ability to significantly reduce operating expenses;
- Assistance navigating and applying to public programs for energy efficiency; and
- Assistance in identifying and securing funding for energy improvements.
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program