January 26, 2021 — What’s the first step in planning an energy efficiency project? In this video, Calvin Cornish, CEM talks about utility rebates and using an energy audit to determine which project to tackle first.

Video Transcript

Hi everyone! It’s Calvin, and it’s the last week of 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 3 things you’re going to want to keep in mind when you’re looking forward to energy efficiency planning this year.

Planning Consideration #1: Utility Incentives and Rebates

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 in a little thought into your plan for the future. And at the beginning of the year, incentives and rebates are important things to look at.

This is typically a time when new programs are rolled out and 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. You may want to move projects that are scheduled for next year forward into this year to get the most money possible.

Planning Consideration #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 costs that can go into some of these audits.

Now if you’re just long-term planning or 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. That’s something that you’ll want to budget for and schedule for, as it can take several weeks to execute.

Planning Consideration #3: Efficiency Roadmap

The third and most important thing to keep in mind is the map. Your building’s energy efficiency is an ongoing journey. You’ll want to keep a detailed roadmap in place of 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 and take a look to make sure you’re still on track.

If you don’t, you definitely want to get that 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 ensure that you reach your final destination.

Often, having a detailed road map can be the difference in getting these projects funded in the first place.

Start building your efficiency roadmap.

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