EPA's Energy Star Program and Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
On this page:
- Easy Access to Energy Improvement Funds
- Energy Star Web conferences
- Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Energy Star program offers a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help each step of the way.
In addition to cost savings, better energy efficiency means lower emissions and a healthier environment. The EPA estimates the program has helped businesses, K-12 schools, state and local governments, colleges, and consumers save more than $8 billion in energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 18 million cars.
Buildings that earn an Energy Star (R) prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA.
Download the latest report on Easy Access to Energy Improvement Funds in the Public Sector in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format (165K file).
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EXTRA! Energy Star Web Conference Schedule
Energy Star offers Web conferences throughout the year on such topics
as benchmarking and energy performance measures.
See the latest schedule and register today!
The Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
The EPA's Cash Flow Opportunity (CFO) Calculator, a spreadsheet developed by Energy Star, helps you take a practical look at your current energy efficiency situation and the improvement opportunities that are available.
The CFO Calculator addresses three critical questions about energy efficiency projects:
- How much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings?
- Should this equipment purchase be financed now or is it better to wait and use cash from a future budget?
- Is money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate?
The CFO Calculator can help you decide whether your potential energy savings justify investing in a detailed energy audit. A high-level energy audit performed by a qualified service provider can reveal your exact energy and dollar savings; many organizations are surprised to learn how much new equipment is actually "buried" in their current utility bill.
Download the latest Tip Sheet on the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format (284K file).
Using graphs and tables, the CFO Calculator is written in lay terms so that managers who are not financial specialists can use it to make informed decisions, yet it’s sophisticated enough to satisfy financial decision-makers.
The CFO Calculator addresses the myths that paying cash or going for the lowest interest rate are always the best financial decisions.
Download the Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator spreadsheet as a Microsoft Excel file (415K file).
You can choose to enter either:
(A) estimates of how your building currently operates and the possible improvements, or
(B) data generated when you use the energy performance rating system in EPA's Portfolio Manager.
Either way, the CFO Calculator provides answers to some critical
financial questions in just minutes.
For more information on Energy Star, visit the EPA’s
Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency