Created through a strong partnership between the Town of Jackson, Teton County and Lower Valley Energy, Energy Conservation Works wants to support businesses to reduce costs and energy consumption by utilizing energy audits, business loans and utility rebates.
“The energy audit and loan programs showcase how we are working together to serve the business community,” said Phil Cameron, executive director of Energy Conservation Works.
Cameron explained how area businesses could begin the process by requesting their current energy use and applying for an audit to discover strategies to reduce it. Lower Valley Energy is currently able to offer these audits at 75% below cost as a result of grant funding, which is available through March 21, 2021, on a first-come-first-served basis.
“We encourage businesses to participate in the audit program to find opportunities to reduce energy use,” Cameron said. “It takes into account the business owner’s goals while also frankly evaluating their best conservation opportunities and opens the door on accessing our loan program.”
After a business decides on a plan to become more efficient, it can apply for zero-interest loans through ECW to tackle projects such as installing solar panels, equipment upgrades, more efficient windows or added insulation. Companies can also qualify for rebates through Lower Valley Energy to help reduce the out-of-pocket costs for these commercial projects.
“Upgrades to LED lighting have been a frequent example of businesses leveraging audits, loans and rebates,” Cameron said. “It’s a very straightforward process with support from LVE and ECW along the way.”
Putting these strategies into practice offers many benefits to businesses that include cutting operation costs and reducing a company’s environmental footprint.
“It’s a win on both fronts,” Cameron said. “It seems to appeal to most businesses when they are aware of how they can affect both their environmental and economic bottom line.”
Cameron said Energy Conservation Works continues to strive to make the many opportunities it offers readily available for business owners and encourages businesses to apply while the audits are available at such a discounted rate.
“We have great success stories of businesses benefited by these programs, but we’d like to see a lot more” he added.