Every college and university has undertaken some energy efficiency work in recent years. However, few institutions have taken optimal advantage of the opportunity to leverage energy efficiency as an investment in their own campuses. Taking optimal advantage of the opportunities to invest in our campuses requires a significant shift in perspective, an intentional effort to capture opportunities that provide a reasonable return on investment and some good strategic thinking about how to get there.
The benefits of pursuing an aggressive energy efficiency program are significant.
Addressing Deferred Maintenance - For starters, energy efficiency programs provide opportunities to take a bite out of growing deferred maintenance backlogs. I’ve seen several approaches to leveraging energy efficiency programs to address deferred maintenance:
Life Cycle Cost Evaluations – Getting past traditional payback metrics and using a true life cycle cost evaluation will help pull important deferred maintenance projects into your program.
Hybrid Deferred Maintenance/Energy Efficiency Programs - Leveraging quick payback projects to help pay for longer payback deferred maintenance projects can be an effective way to gain approval for those projects. Continue reading
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