Across the board we see an average savings potential of about 30% through the implementation of cost effective efficiency measures. Energy efficiency generally has the highest return on investment of any energy project. The high cost of fuel can have a real impact on the bottom line. Although you can’t control the cost of fuel, you can keep costs down by managing how much energy your building uses. However you look at it, energy efficiency is a smart investment.

Photos from Alaska Energy Authority

Photos from Alaska Energy Authority

Sustainable communities need sustainable businesses that aren’t stifled by volatile energy prices. Tightening up buildings, changing out lights, and properly using programmable thermostats are some of the ways to allow businesses to keep costs down and even bring on more local employees. We are working to identifying as many building owners, tenants and managers as possible in the SSP communities with the help of community catalysts, in order to help them develop an energy saving strategy.

Taking the first step to get an energy audit can seem daunting. SSP communities with need will have the opportunity to participate in an efficiency workshop for non-residential buildings. Interested parties (private and public) should contact Shaina, the SSP Energy Catalyst at s.kilcoyne@realaska.org.

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