With insulation as a key component, the Montana State Buildings Energy Conservation (SBEC) Program reduces operating costs in state facilities, including Montana universities and community colleges. Cost effective energy efficiency projects in state-owned buildings are identified, investigated and funded. Annual energy savings are anticipated to be nearly $2 million and 430,000 MMBTU.
MIIP believes a similar program should be adopted by New England-region states, in which public funds are tight and simple, environmentally friendly ways of saving money need to be instituted. MIIP knows that insulation is the one system of any building that starts paying for itself once it is implemented.
In the Montana state program, the resulting energy savings are captured and used to repay the investment. Montana will expand this existing program and fund about 60 projects identified through energy audits and approved by the 2009 Montana Legislature. Data on energy use will be collected before and after the energy conservation building retrofits.
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