West Virginia continues to look at ways to enhance and develop our natural resources, one group continues to lead the way with emphasizing the importance of energy efficiency through education and resources. Energy Efficient West Virginia is a non-profit group of West Virginia businesses, organizations and residents promoting energy efficiency among commercial, industrial and residential customers in our state. As one of 2017’s Energy Expo sponsors, the EEWV is continuing to provide valuable information to our local and state businesses on how to become more energy efficient, thus reducing overhead and saving money.

Energy Efficient West Virginia is currently offering FREE energy efficiency assessments for just about any business within the state. These assessments can help your business identify various improvements for your energy usage, but also, help find proper financing, rebates and grants to help make the improvements more feasible. These audits can help identify areas for both instant and long-term improvements resulting in tangible savings. If you are interested in having an energy efficiency assessment, be sure to contact info@eewv.org.

So why should you support Energy Efficiency in West Virginia?

Energy efficiency is an important piece of the solution to a number of problems facing our state. By organizing to promote programs and policies to make West Virginia a more energy efficient state, we can accomplish the following:

Save money
Businesses and industries who invest in energy efficiency save money on their energy bills over the long-term. Most businesses are far less efficient than they could be. Over the long term, energy efficiency helps all customers save money by avoiding the need to invest in expensive new power plants.

Increase self-sufficiency and independence
Our rates have gone up in large part due to increasing coal costs and volatility in international coal markets, and fuel costs are continuing to rise. Despite producing 13% of the nation’s coal, we are still subject to regional and international market forces that we have no control over. Being more energy efficient helps us be more self-sufficient and secure.

Use resources responsibly
In part because of low electric rates in the past, we are very wasteful in our use of electricity. West Virginia’s residential electricity consumption per person is 40% higher than the national average. Being more energy efficiency means being better stewards of our finite natural resources.

Improve public facilities and schools
Children deserve a healthy and comfortable environment where they can learn – not one in which they have to be sent home when heating and air conditioning systems break, as occurs too often in some parts of West Virginia. West Virginia has under-invested in maintaining and improving the energy efficiency of our schools and municipal buildings. This means that significant public money is wasted each year on energy bills and children suffer from an uncomfortable learning environment.

Reduce air pollution and climate change damages
Investing in energy efficiency to reduce demand for electricity is a necessary step in reducing air pollution and pollutants that cause climate change. Lowering demand for power means that the least economical coal plants – which are typically the most polluting – will be the first to stop running.

For more information on EEWV, be sure to visit their website at www.EEWV.org, or visit their booth at the 2017 WV Energy Expo at Mylan Park in Morgantown, WV.