Service Departments Are Finding More Savings through Green Energy Efficiency

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NADA is encour­ag­ing dealer man­age­ment to take on energy effi­ciency ini­tia­tives to save money and to con­tribute to the com­mu­nity. Now ser­vice depart­ments are tak­ing advan­tage of that oppor­tu­nity, as well. EPA’s Energy Star Green Garage Chal­lenge Admin­is­tra­tor Steven Schillinger said that 65% of auto­mo­tive ser­vice and repair shops cer­ti­fied under Green and Clean City pro­grams find thou­sands of dol­lars in over­looked com­pen­sa­tion when audit­ing their util­ity bills.

When a shop reg­is­ters for Find Green Garage pub­lic recog­ni­tion, an engi­neer ver­i­fies the car­bon foot­print based on records acquired from elec­tric, gas, water, and waste ser­vice providers. Val­i­da­tion of each facil­ity is accom­plished by audit­ing the Green­house Gases (GHGs) emit­ted or reduced over a period of time based on billing infor­ma­tion pro­vided by the util­ity com­pany. A detailed account­ing can reveal util­ity billing errors and over­looked subsidies.

“Most shops have over­looked munic­i­pal sub­si­dies or over­charges,” Schillinger said. “A major­ity of over­pay­ments, mis-billings, mis-classifications, and over­charges are iden­ti­fied dur­ing an ini­tial audit while over­looked rebates and sub­si­dies are iden­ti­fied dur­ing the Grant funded due dili­gence process.”

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