This ENERGY STAR online training series teaches you all about the tools and information you’ll need to convey to your customers how you can help them save energy, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with ENERGY STAR.
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Introduction to the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator spreadsheet
This session shows how to use operating budgets as a potential "source of revenue" to pay for energy efficiency projects. The Cash Flow Opportunity (CFO) Calculator is an interactive calculator that helps quantify the cost of delaying investment in upgrades by addressing three critical questions: How much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings; should this equipment purchase be financed now, or is it better to wait and use cash from a future budget; and is money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate? The CFO Calculator is designed so that managers who are not financial specialists can use it to make informed decisions, yet it is sophisticated enough to satisfy financial decision-makers.
Financial decision-makers and facility managers in the public and private sectors, lending institutions, energy service providers, energy engineers, and manufacturers and vendors of energy efficiency equipment.
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