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Energy Assessment Program for Nonprofits and Government

DESEU has partnered with the University of Delaware’s (UD’s) award-winning Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) to fund energy assessments for nonresidential buildings operated by nonprofits and government agencies in Delaware. An energy assessment is the first step in understanding your energy usage—putting you on the path to savings on your electricity and natural gas bills. Energy audits help find trouble spots that can be fixed to make your building more energy-efficient and comfortable.

The program has helped senior centers, community centers, churches, municipal buildings, firehouses, and state fair and other buildings achieve 20 to 30% savings.

Who Does the Assessments?

Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) are national programs funded by the Department of Energy. The University of Delaware houses the Mid-Atlantic IAC. The audits are done by UD graduate students under the supervision of the Center directors.

What Do You Get from It?

Most companies visited by our UD IAC save 10–30% on energy bills! The assessment report ranks recommendations by the highest rate of return, including no-cost options if any.

Follow up advisory services available to explain the results of the assessment as well as review financing options, including Energize Delaware’s Revolving Loan Fund.

Organizations that implement recommendations see increased building comfort levels, longer lifespan for equipment, and improved building operations.

How Is It Done?

During their assessment, the IAC’s will:

  • Assess utility bills
  • Complete light level testing
  • Analyze HVAC system
  • Review building envelope and insulation
  • Conduct thermal imaging
  • Review operations and maintenance plans
  • Measure energy usage
  • Perform data logging

Who Is Eligible?

Nonprofit and Local government agencies whose buildings have at least $20,000 a year in utility bills.

What Does It Cost?

For nonprofit/government organizations, Energize Delaware covers 90% of audit cost; this can range from $250 if annual utility bills are less than $40,000 per year to $800 if they are greater than $60,000 per year.

How to Get Started

Contact Tony DePrima, Executive Director at 302-883-3048 or tony.deprima@deseu.org