Financial Rationale

The value of energy efficiency as an investment

Energy efficiency projects are more than just capital projects; they pay for themselves through ongoing energy savings. In many cases, energy efficiency projects yield a better return on investment than other investments an organization may have. Consequently, organizations are encouraged to implement as many energy-saving projects as they can, as quickly as possible. The savings can be redirected to mission-driven activities.


A study by the Rocky Mountain Institute showed that energy efficiency retrofits actually improve worker productivity and reduce absenteeism.  

In schools, HVAC retrofits improve indoor air quality. This reduces the number of student sick days and improves student performance on tests, according to an Energy Star report.   When schools increase their average daily attendance (ADA), they bring more funding to the district, including an increase on annual Prop 39 allocations (based on ADA).