This Smart Tip highlights SEDAC’s most commonly recommended energy cost reduction measures for libraries. Libraries model sustainability by providing shared and reusable resources to people throughout the community. Many libraries have extended their sustainability efforts by implementing energy efficiency measures with the help of SEDAC.
SEDAC has analyzed the energy usage of many public libraries in Illinois and identified ways to reduce energy consumption, averaging $33,000 in annual energy cost savings for each facility, a savings of about 30%. Adoption of sustainable energy practices is a proven method of controlling costs, allowing libraries to spend money on other important services and materials. Cutting a building’s energy use by 30% yields the same benefits as a 5% increase in net operating income. Lowered energy use at your library also provides stability in the face of budget uncertainties and energy price fluctuations.
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