Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010 - (Page 20)

ENERGY REDUCTION = COST SAVINGS Efficiency Simple steps you can take to save costs BY KAREN KALEY, COTTON ELECTRIC CURRENT Energy and reduce consumption THERE IS A saying in the electric industry: The cheapest kilowatt is the one not used. Energy consumption is a significant expense for any business. It is a line item in every budget, and a prediction at best. The cost of power can fluctuate wildly, but every business and individual consumer can take steps to tame the expense by creating a plan to control power usage. Some measures can make such a difference in consumption that you might even fi nish the year under budget on the power bill. Adopting a program of energy efficiency is a good idea for any business. The long-term savings on power costs can mean more fi nancial resources for other projects. It is a demonstration of good business practice that can have a positive impact on customers, the 20 • Second Quarter 2010 community and the power providers struggling to keep up with ever-increasing demand. As an investment, energy efficiency provides more employment than energy supply investments and has, on average, about a 25 percent annual return, according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). Efficiency measures can be simple and no-cost or comprehensive with a serious investment in significant longterm savings potential. It all starts with a plan and success hinges on a commitment from the top of the organization and buy-in from all employees. Developing a plan begins with a walk-through of a facility, taking notes

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
From the President
Energy Reduction Planning for Utilities
Energy Efficiency
Using the Water Bill to Foster Conservation
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Water University for Utility Managers
Rhapsody in Rural Water
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010