Lead Performer: National Trust for Historic Preservation – Washington, DC
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Golden, CO
- Lend Lease – New York, NY
- Energy Center of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
- EnerPath – Rochester, NY
- Ecology Action – Santa Cruz, CA
- Community Power Works – Seattle, WA
DOE Total Funding: $1,600,000
Cost Share: $2,000,000
Project Term: October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2016
Funding Opportunity: Commercial Energy Efficiency Solutions (Small Commercial Buildings) 2013 CBI FOA DE-FOA-0000829


America Saves! delivers energy efficiency services to small businesses at a very low cost by creating long-term relationships between Main Street staff and energy program managers. Small businesses and owners of small buildings represent the great majority of commercial properties in the U.S. This project targets seven use types that represent more than 2 TBtu of annual energy consumption. The audiences are owners, business districts, and energy utilities that seek cost-effective ways to realize energy efficiency. This project is intended to create a model for retrofit implementation in millions of small businesses nationwide, by aligning small businesses and utilities through large-scale data acquisition, cost-effective building analytics, and community-based retrofit delivery.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation will partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to provide low-cost energy efficiency services to small businesses in California, Wisconsin, New York, and Washington State, leveraging the Trust’s National Main Street Center – a network of communities focused on preservation-based economic revitalization. The goal of the project is to collect and analyze building-specific energy consumption data from at least 5,000 small commercial buildings and businesses located in traditional business districts across at least five climate zones. The project will also analyze Green Button data from more than 10,000 buildings in these states to unearth new opportunities for energy savings.


DOE Technology Manager: Priya Swamy
Lead Performer: Sara Stiltner, National Trust for Historic Preservation

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