Improvements

mPOWER finances energy and water conservation upgrades for both residential and non-residential properties.

Residential Property Owners

Dramatically reduce energy consumption and save water through a variety of improvements including but not limited to replacing windows and doors, installing insulation, using smart meters and more. See the Residential Improvements page for more information.

Non-Residential Property Owners

Non-Residential properties include commercial, industrial and agricultural properties as well as non-profits like churches and schools. mPOWER finances a number of deep retrofits. For a complete list see the Non-Residential Improvements page.

Special Note for Commercial Building Owners

Commercial buildings represent 18 percent of the total energy used in the US! That’s a large amount of energy. The Environmental Protection Agency developed the Guidelines for Energy Management to help owners and operators identify and implement cost-effective strategies and technologies.

Effective energy management and conservation reduces operating costs and improves the bottom line. Consider a staged approach to upgrading your building. This will help increase the financial and environmental benefits realized from your energy efficient upgrade project. The EPA recommends the five stage approach to building upgrades:

  • Retro-commissioning: Identify improper equipment performance; equipment or systems that need to be replaced; and strategies for improving building systems performance
  • Lighting upgrades: When installed early in the process, lighting upgrades have the biggest impact on other building systems such as heating, cooling, and power quality
  • Supplemental load reductions: Analyzing supplemental load source impacts from building occupants and their interactions with HVAC systems, equipment size and upgrade will identify areas of cost reduction.
  • Air distribution systems: Upgrading and adjusting the fan systems to optimize the delivery of air can provide energy savings while keeping occupants comfortable.
  • Heating and cooling systems: After following the first four steps, evaluate the HVAC system size. Many existing HVAC systems are oversized, and replacement of the system may prove to be a cost effective project, especially if it is near the end of its useful life

Take the First Step in Energy Efficiency…Learn What Improvements Can Be Done!

There are many ways to reduce energy use and utility costs. An energy audit through the California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program can help homeowners choose smart energy upgrades and investments that will save energy costs, improve home comfort, and protect the environment. To learn more, CalCERTS: An Introduction to Home Energy Rating Systems.

A Note About Renewable Generation – Reduce Before You Produce!

Generating power through renewable sources is an excellent way to reduce utility costs. Leverage what renewables, like solar and wind, offer by making the property as efficient as possible first. An efficient building requires a smaller system to generate power, which means the system will:

  • cost less
  • be paid off more quickly
  • have a faster return on investment

Non-residential property owners can find many more ideas for energy and water savings here. Also refer to the extensive non-residential eligible improvements list. For detailed descriptions of improvements refer to:

Remember, an energy audit can help identify the most cost effective improvements to make. Learn more about the types of audits available at Energy Audits for Non-residential.

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