How to Plan for an Energy Efficiency Project

Video Transcript

Hi everyone! It’s Calvin, and it’s the last week in January. So in this week’s Two-Minute Tuesday, we’re going to be wrapping up our series on planning for 2021. I’m going to talk about efficiency and three things you’re going to want to keep in mind when you’re looking forward to planning efficiency projects this year.

1) Utility incentives and rebates for energy efficiency projects

Whether you’ve got projects planned out for this year or you’re sitting back and counting your blessings with nothing but scheduled maintenance, it’s a good time to put a little thought into your plan for the future. At the beginning of the year, incentives and rebates are important to look at.

This is typically a time when new programs are rolled out, current programs are changed, and often programs are phased out over time with decreasing value each year. So, you want to take a look at what’s happening now and what could be coming down the pipe because you may even want to move projects from next year forward into this year to get the most money possible.

2) Energy audits

The second thing you’ll want to consider are energy audits. There are several different levels to energy audits, and people often underestimate the time and cost that can go into some of these audits.

Now if you’re just long-term planning and you need help prioritizing, a 1- or 2-level audit might be enough. But if you’ve got large dollars earmarked for big capital projects over the next couple of years, you may want to invest in a Level 3 audit, and that’s something you’ll want to budget for and schedule for — it can take several weeks just to execute.

3) An energy efficiency road map

The third and most important thing to keep in mind is the map. Your building’s energy efficiency is an ongoing journey. You want to keep a detailed roadmap in place that has where you’d like to go and potential projects in the future.

Now if you’ve got that already, great! This is the time to pull it out, take a look, and make sure that you’re still on track.

If you don’t, you definitely want to get your map in place. I know you can’t lay out all the details of every project years in advance, but having a good idea of where you’re going and where you may stop along the way is going to help ensure that you reach your final destination. Often, having a detailed roadmap can make the difference in getting these projects funded in the first place.

Reach out to us with your energy efficiency project questions.

If you want more information on energy audits, check out this blog post. And, as always, please remember to like, comment, and share below!


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