UNI helps Iowa small businesses become more energy efficient

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) at the University of Northern Iowa is helping Iowa small businesses save money while becoming more energy efficient. 

The IWRC provides free comprehensive, on-site energy assessments that analyze all aspects of a business’ energy use, including compressed air leak detection along with facility lighting analysis and a building envelope inspection.UNI campus

Those leaks can cost businesses thousands of dollars. Since August, IWRC has completed 27 energy reduction assessments and identified potential savings of over $110,000.

“We work with owners to determine and solve crucial energy deficiencies,” said Dan Nickey, Associate Director, Iowa Waste Reduction Center. “Through these free energy assessments, our team is able to identify financial savings that a business owner might not have known otherwise.” 

After the on-site energy assessment, the IWRC team prepares a report outlining the amount of energy being lost, potential savings based on the facility’s annual operation hours and energy costs and an estimated return on investment for the energy saving recommendations. 

Leaks in a compressed air system can result in significant energy loss, and potentially cost businesses thousands of dollars. The IWRC uses an ultrasonic leak detector that identifies leaks and quantifies air loss. During the inspection, identified leaks are marked with a specific tag number that documents the magnitude and location of the leak, and pressure of the line. 

The IWRC also provides businesses with on-site technical assistance and educational materials specifically tailored to their needs.

This free assistance is funded through an Iowa Economic Development Authority grant awarded to the IWRC. To learn more about these free assessments please visit our website.