Step 4: Create an action plan to improve

Improvement strategies

For commercial buildings: Use the Building Upgrade Manual

Identify the steps necessary for upgrading and moving facilities from current performance to the desired level of performance as defined by the goals. EPA recommends a systematic approach to building upgrades.

For industrial plants: Use the Industrial Energy Management Information Center

Find industry-specific information about how to reduce energy use in an industrial plant.

Financing strategies

Evaluate investment opportunities

Help your client analyze potential investments based on their expected cash flow.

Strategies and incentives to finance energy efficiency projects

Overcome objections, explore financing options and assistance, and calculate the “cost of delay.”

ENERGY STAR financial calculators

Use one, or all three, of EPA’s financial calculators to estimate savings, the financial impact of proposed improvements, or the market value of increased earnings that can result from an energy efficiency project.

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