Saving energy, money starts with audit of current usage

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reducing energy waste is good for the environment and bottom line.

LANSING, Mich. – Reducing energy waste is good for the environment and bottom line. 

For Michigan businesses, schools, municipalities and nonprofits, saving money and energy begins with building a better understanding of how to improve energy efficiency, which translates into lower utility and other energy-related expenses. 

The first step is an audit of energy use. 

To meet that need, the Michigan Energy Office (MEO) has partnered with technical energy-saving experts throughout the state. These private-sector specialists will provide energy audits for qualified recipients. MEO pays for half of the audit cost. 

“The audit offers an analysis of a building’s energy usage and costs along with a list of recommended improvements to help the owner realize cost-effective energy savings,” said MEO Deputy Director Robert Jackson. 

With the goal of improving energy efficiency for the commercial, industrial and nonprofit sectors, MEO aims to be an effective catalyst by making audits readily available through a network of qualified technicians. The initiative offers incentives for technicians to provide energy audits and support services to those in need. 

In addition, MEO’s offers rebates to building operators who successfully complete training. The course prepares building operators with knowledge and skills to find ways to save energy, reduce operating costs, and improve overall efficiency and comfort at their facilities. 

In conjunction with sponsors of the building operator program, MEO offers tuition rebates to building operators who become certified through the course. For more information on how to receive an energy audit, please visit the Michigan Energy Office

Funding to MEO is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. 

The Michigan Energy Office promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan's residents, businesses, and public institutions. The Michigan Energy Office is part of the Michigan Strategic Fund, which receives administrative services from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 

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