Program Description


The Challenge
All too frequently nonprofits are drafty buildings with inefficient lighting, no insulation and a heating system as old as the first moon shuttle. The result means the building uses a lot more energy than it needs to.

The emissions hurt the planet, while the organization struggles to pay the energy bills. This problem creates a great opportunity because the way to save the most energy per dollar spent is to work on the most inefficient buildings (since the same measures, like a new heating system, have more wasted energy to save).

The Solution
Energy efficiency developers normally work in large facilities that have huge annual energy bills. They install more efficient equipment and get paid back for their work through the energy-bill savings.

HEET is an award-winning nonprofit that helps other nonprofits lower their energy bills. In partnership with National Grid, HEET will identify enough nonprofit-owned buildings in need of energy-efficiency upgrades for an energy efficiency developer to invest in.

HEET has selected RENEW Energy Partners as the participating energy efficiency developer through a competitive process with an advisory panel of experts convened by HEET to make sure we got the best deal possible.

A combination of Mass Save and RENEW Energy Partners will pay for the upgrades, as well as own and insure any measures that they install. The nonprofit will not have to pay any up-front money, the cost for the upgrades is not reflected on its balance sheet and the nonprofit avoids the need to launch a major capital campaign.

The nonprofit also has to join WegoWise, a website that downloads each building’s monthly energy use directly from its utility’s account. Through Wegowise, HEET will be able to compare the participating nonprofits’ past year of heat use per square foot while controlling for heating-degree days. This apples-to-apples comparison will pinpoint the nonprofits that are the worst energy hogs.

Expected Outcomes:
– Self-selecting: The nonprofits most likely to participate are those with the highest energy use.
– Helping those that need help: These nonprofits will likely have endured financial constraints for many years and thus have had to defer maintenance.
– Economic help: The small business upgrades that result will be an economic shot in the arm for the whole community.
– Verified: The energy savings will be quantified through WegoWise.
– Future-needs targeted: The WegoWise database of energy use in nonprofits will allow HEET to continue to target those who most need help, as well as to verify that future programs are effective.
– Social marketing: Diverse urban communities will work together to help one another reduce fossil-fuel use.
– Increased community services: Participating nonprofits will have more money to pay for needed community services.

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