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Reducing the Impact of Energy Costs on Business
Your road map to targeting energy efficiencies in a dynamic business environment December 2010 / White Paper by Brandi McManus, Solutions VP, Strategic Communications and Melissa O’Mara, Solutions VP, Green Buildings Solutions

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Summary
I. Executive Summary......................................................................................... 3 II. Energy and the Corner Office .......................................................................... 4 The cost of business as usual ...................................................................... 4 Seizing the opportunity: Energy efficiency as a manageable investment ........ 5 Financial benefits andmore.......................................................................... 5 III. How Energy Management Programs Capture the Opportunity ........................ 7 Energy efficiency as a managed process...................................................... 7 A focus on proactive measures .................................................................... 7 A holistic approach...................................................................................... 8 IV. Case Studies of Energy Savings ..................................................................... 9 V. Conclusion ..................................................................................................... 11

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I. Executive Summary
Rising energy costs are a critical concern for executives, yet few companies have begun serious energyefficiency programs. The major reason for this oversight is that executives often view their facilities and energy use as a sunk cost, instead of an investment. By leveraging energy and facilities as investments, companies can gain control of energy use and achieve high rates of return in the form of energy savings. The internal rate of return (IRR) on these projects can be sizeable. In fact, theycan be even greater than other corporate investments. When considering the cost of capital, the modified internal rate of return (MIRR) can be as high as 29 percent. Companies are also eligible for rebates from utility and government programs. Benefits from this investment approach include double digit energy reductions, as well as improved building performance, worker productivity, andenvironmental responsibility. Effective energy management programs can help companies realize the benefits of energy efficiency with minimal risk and a large potential payback. A proven process, combined with a holistic view of facilities and ongoing proactive measures, gives companies the ability to invest in energy efficiency with a predictable rate of return. A comprehensive energy management programaddresses all energy consumption in a facility, from the building “envelope” to the internal controls and systems, including lighting, heating, air conditioning, electricity, and water. A measurable, verifiable energy management program allows executives to make informed decisions about their facilities and energy use. The result converts sunk energy costs into competitive agile assets.

Effectiveenergy management programs help companies realize the benefits of energy efficiency with minimal risk and a large payback.

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II. Energy and the Corner Office
For CFOs and other executives, the quest to streamline operations and cut costs has never been more urgent. Ironically, a vital source of financial savings is all aroundthem—the very buildings where they do business. The biggest issue is the surging cost of energy, which now makes up 30 percent of operating costs for the average company.1 According to Pike Research, electricity costs have increased 20 percent2 since 1995 in the U.S. and are projected to grow 10 percent3 in the next year. In the European Union, energy costs have increased 47 percent4 since 2003...
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