There are many opportunities to improve the energy performance of your local buildings while reducing energy costs. An energy audit is a comprehensive assessment of the building’s heating, cooling, water, lighting, ventilation, and energy systems. The audit will show you how and where energy is used in the building, produce a list of areas for improvement, and identify solutions. Review the audit results with others and develop a plan of action. Work with the local utility companies to provide energy audit assistance, or financial incentives for the community. Even if there is a fee for an audit, the resulting energy savings will easily offset the early investment. The resources below will help you get started.
Learn about Energy Audits from the EPA
How to Measure, Report, and Manage Greenhouse Gase Emissions
Track Energy Use with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Get a Certification; Learn about LEED
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