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Energy Efficiency Program

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The Energy Efficiency Program helps businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits, schools, and local governments reduce energy use and improve energy efficiency – resulting in lower energy costs.

The program consists of two phases:

  • Identification of energy use and costs
  • Development of an energy plan

Eligible Entities

Small businesses, small to medium-sized manufacturers, school districts, nonprofits, and local governments are eligible to apply for the program. Manufacturers applying for the program will participate in energy planning specifically for manufacturing.

How to Apply

To participate, contact a participating audit contractor. They will outline the steps in the process, and help you determine the most efficient and cost-effective measures for your facility.

Development also helps train graduate-level engineering students at Ohio universities and community colleges in energy efficiency assessments, and provides real world experience administering cost-effective energy efficiency assessments to commercial businesses, municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals.

What if I’ve completed an energy audit?

If your business, school district, nonprofit organization, or local government has completed an ASHRAE II energy audit that is less than two years old and needs additional assistance implementing the efficiency measures, the Energy Loan Fund and Energy Loan Loss Reserve programs are available. Find more information on the energy homepage.

Participating Energy Audit Contractors for Manufacturing Sectors:

Graphet Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Melisa Adrien
431 Ohio Pike Suite 203-N, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
Office: (513) 474-4870 ext. 208; Cell: 513) 560-0033

Go Sustainable Energy, LLC (Columbus, Ohio)
Greg Raffio, PE
5701 North High Street, Suite 112, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 268-4263 ext. 305; Mobile: (937) 304-9346

JCC Energy-Solutions, LLC (Akron, Ohio)
Jack C. Ciesa, P.E., M.B.A., C.E.M.
(330) 285-5491

Energility, LLC (Columbus, Ohio)
Justin Kale, CEM 
Director of Opportunity Development
4041 N. High Street, Suite 100A, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 746-9276 

Participating Energy Audit Contractors for Non-Manufacturing Sectors:

Plugsmart/Ameresco (Columbus, Ohio)
Jarret Kelley

Director of Engineering
640 Lakeview Plaza Blvd Suite J, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Cell: (614) 230-7256; Office: (800) 518-5576; Fax: (800) 518-5576

Heapy Engineering (Dayton, Ohio)
Stephanie L. Drenten Ferro, CEM, CxT

Project Manager, Building Optimization Practice
(937) 224-0861 ext. 4514; Cell: 216-296-0752

University of Dayton, Engineering Dept. (Dayton, Ohio)
Andrew Chiasson, PhD., P.E., P.Eng.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio 45469
(937) 229-2835

Sol design + Consulting (Cincinnati & Cleveland, Ohio)
Sanyog B. Rathod, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP + Homes

President & CEO
Cell: (513) 939-8400; Cincinnati: (513) 455-8228 ext. 700; Cleveland: (216) 201-9027; Fax: (513) 455-8227

Before you conduct an energy audit, here are a few easy tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve your energy use:

  • Turn off lights when not in use or when natural daylight is sufficient. This can reduce lighting expenses by 10-40%.
  • Maximize daylighting. Open or close blinds to make the best use of natural daylight and take advantage of skylights or other natural daylight sources to reduce lighting during daytime hours.
  • Enable the power management function on office computers, which automatically puts monitors to sleep when not in use. To learn more, visit www.energystar.gov/powermanagement.
  • Activate sleep settings on all printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, and multifunction devices so that they automatically enter a low-powered sleep mode when inactive.
  • Plug electronics into a "smart" power strip that lets you designate which electronics should always be on, and which ones do not need power when they're not in use.
  • Perform monthly maintenance of heating and cooling equipment to guarantee efficient operation throughout the year.
  • Set back the thermostat in the evenings and other times when the building isn’t occupied.

More tips can be found at the ENERGY STAR webpage.