Businesses Encouraged to Sign Up for No-Cost Energy Evaluations This Summer

by Sherry Squires

Businesses in the Treasure Valley and Magic Valley can register now for no-cost energy evaluations. Trained Boise State University students will conduct the site visits through July.

The on-site review takes about three hours with teams of two students evaluating the lighting, building envelope, office equipment, heating/cooling system and occupant behavior. The business owners then receive Energy Efficiency Action Plans with recommendations on no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy.

Janet DeYoung of Boise-based Foerstel Design recently had an energy evaluation done and said it increased her knowledge and saved her business money. Gregg Mizuta, co-owner of Bandanna Running and Walking in Boise, has implemented a “100 percent lighting changeover” as a result of the evaluation recommendations and is installing a large skylight to fully employ the daylighting recommendation provided in his action plan.

“It was very easy on our end and very beneficial,” said Hadley Cole, manager of Children’s Therapy Place, also of Boise. “We liked that we could find out exactly how much money we would save and how long it would take for us to see that return.”

Applications and additional information are available online at, by phone at (208) 426-1511, or by e-mail to

The Idaho SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a partnership among Idaho’s institutions of higher education and the private sector. No-cost consulting and low-cost training are provided to small businesses to help them start, grow and succeed.

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