Energy audits available to small businesses

May. 06, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

Small, rural businesses in North Carolina now have a free opportunity to discover ways to reduce electric bills with an energy audit co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Energy audits offer an analysis of the various techniques a business can employ to become more energy efficient, thereby reducing energy bills.

The audits will be conducted by Waste Reduction Partners, a team of volunteer engineers and scientists that assists companies in reducing water consumption and solid waste output in addition to energy costs. Through the audits, the organization will identify no-cost and low-cost measures businesses can take to reduce their bills.

To be eligible, businesses must have an annual energy cost that exceeds $10,000. They must also be defined as both small and rural by the Small Business Administration and the USDA.

For extended eligibility and application information, contact Russ Jordan of Waste Reduction Partners at or call (828) 251-7477.

For more information on Waste Reduction Partners, go to