Homeowners, small businesses, and landlords can find ways to save money and reduce energy consumption by performing energy assessments.
From 2010 through 2014, the West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center and Downstream Strategies conducted energy assessments for 250 small businesses across West Virginia. Assessment reports for each business detailed specific recommendations, energy savings estimates, implementation costs, and potential greenhouse gas emission reductions. Nearly 90 of these assessments were conducted within Morgantown. The Morgantown assessments included nearly 140 efficiency improvement recommendations. Many efficiency retrofits were cost-effective, meaning that the potential savings on utility bills would pay for the retrofits in a few years or, in some cases, a matter of months (See Phase 2 final report (PDF)
Furthermore, on conducting a number of focused home energy assessments, it was found that similar opportunities for increasing energy efficiency exist across all types of Morgantown homes (See Phase 2 final report (PDF)