At the August 05, 2010 meeting of Lunchtime Leaders. Carolyn Schrader of Energy Change Solutions provided a great presentation titled “8 easy steps that will help you save money and be energy wise.”   Carolyn’s presentation walked us through how we can save energy and money.  Below is a summary of her presentation.  Visit to find out more on reducing your energy footprint and building a sustainable energy model.

Thank You Carolyn for a fantastic presentation.

8 easy steps that will help you save money and be energy wise
1. Improve efficiency
Use less:
1. Lighting
2. Heating & air conditioning
3. Hot water
4. Computer & plug in power
2. Plan projects
Schedule the large dollar projects so you can leverage financing options, other initiatives, changes in the business environment
1. Solar rebates on a declining scale – don’t procrastinate
2. Interest rates are low
3. Need to reroof – do cool roof then install solar as one project
4. Watch the competition and be ready to act first
3. Be knowledgeable
Facts let you negotiate better, ask more probative questions
4. Learn about alternatives
Biofuel vs. solar vs. grid electricity
Demand use and time of use pricing
5. Use tax credits
Make sure your tax advisor is sharing information about energy efficiency tax credits
1. Solar applies to commercial buildings
2. Lighting, HVAC, building envelope incentives
Work with your tax advisor to plan projects for best tax benefits
6. Use PGE rebates
7. Participate in California programs
Cash for Appliances PLUS
Go Solar California
Managed through PGE & other utilities
California’s Emerging Renewables Rebate Program
Wind & fuel cell systems
8. Participate in local programs
Cool Davis Initiative
Projects cost justified with 1 year:
Window film
Exit signs
HVAC economizers
Occupancy sensors

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