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Six Kodiak Businesses Invest in Energy Audits

Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference’s (SWAMC) regionwide energy efficiency initiative just made its way to Kodiak for a round of commercial building energy audits. Six buildings owned by local Kodiak business owners signed up and received energy audits July 24th to 27th as part of a USDA-funded low-cost energy audit program.

When asked about the audit, Dan Rohrer, a business owner and Mayor of the Kodiak Island Borough, said “An energy audit allows a way to find economic savings and environmental savings at the same time. SWAMC’s energy audit program made it affordable to do with an auditor that was thorough and efficient. I am looking forward to the follow-up report and what retrofits can be done to make my buildings more energy efficient.” Dan will receive the audit report in a few weeks with the auditor’s full assessment, recommendation, and cost estimates. Energy auditor Jim Fowler with Energy Audits of Alaska conducted the audits with outreach support from SWAMC’s Southwest Alaska Energy Network and Kodiak Area Native Association, Regional Energy Coordinator, Tyler Kornelis.

For participating businesses, these energy audits show no cost, low cost, and medium cost options for improving a building’s efficiency and lowering costs. These upgrade options will positively impact the bottom line and serve as long-term investments in sustainability for any business, large or small! A more energy efficient building reduces overall energy use, increases resale value, improves comfort inside the building, uncovers potential health issues, and helps improve the environmental impact of the building.

The second round of low-cost commercial building energy audits is being planned in Kodiak for September or October 2018. Small businesses eligible for this program include lodges, restaurants, stores, office buildings, multi-family residences, and fishing vessels. Audit costs range from $150 to $3,000 depending on the type of audit, size of building, and complexity of systems. If a building owner knows of a specific system (heating, building envelope, refrigeration, etc) that needs work, then more targeted audits are available. Business owners who invest in the audit may also be eligible for a grant that covers 25% of the retrofit cost for a small business.

For more information on the audit program, who is eligible, and how to sign-up; email energy@swamc.org, visit the website at http://www.southwestakenergy.org/energy-audits/, or call Jamie Hansen at 907-450-2461.

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