Clean Energy Coalition, through the Rebuild Ypsilanti program, conducted an energy audit for the Gilbert Residence, a 43,000-square-foot continuing care facility in Ypsilanti, Mich. The energy audit identified a variety of ways the residence could conserve energy and water, and Gilbert’s managers followed the advice, adding insulation, efficient lighting fixtures, and low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets.
Gilbert Residence is now saving an estimated $30,000 annually (some 27 percent of its previous yearly utility expenses). But the savings didn’t stop there. In 2010, Rebuild Ypsilanti audited more than 100,000 square feet and saved a total of $50,000 in energy costs and water savings.