K-12 Schools

Educate yourself. Learn to conserve. Improve school efficiency through reducing energy costs.

Wisconsin schools have considerable opportunity to reduce energy consumption and district energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as 30 percent of a district’s total energy may be used inefficiently or unnecessarily. To better use tax payer dollars and resources, take steps to conserve energy, improve efficiency, enhance performance, and create a better learning environment for students and staff.

Installing energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, and commercial kitchen equipment, are all ways to help reduce school energy costs. Focus on Energy offers both custom and prescriptive incentives for efficiency projects in schools. These incentives are designed to help reduce capital cost of equipment and implement energy projects that, due to scarce budget resources, may have otherwise been unattainable. 

Reward Schools for Energy Saving Behaviors

Delivering Energy Efficiency Together (DEET) rewards schools for energy efficient behavior changes that reduce their energy consumption. Incentives are earned by making energy-smart choices like turning off lights when classrooms and offices are unoccupied and enabling computers’ ‘sleep’ mode when not in use. 

DEET provides an opportunity to engage faculty, staff, students, and community members to all work together toward the common goal of energy efficiency. Many small every day changes can add up to significant savings over time. Focus on Energy will help you identify energy saving strategies that work best for your building(s) and will yield the largest energy savings.

  • Visit the DEET webpage for more information and how to get started!

Save Energy. Smarter.

Find a local Energy Advisor to determine what technologies are best for your buildings.  For general questions, contact an AgSG Representative at 888.947.7828 to get started.

Visit focusonenergy.com/applications to download a copy of the 2019 business catalogs.

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New Construction - Design Assistance Resources

How the Design Assistance Process Works

  • Use our Enrollment Wizard early in design, to submit your contact and project information, then instantly see the incentives potential for your project

  • Once the project application is approved and the customer/design team provides design drawings and narratives, a meeting is scheduled to review the whole building estimated energy performance

  • The integrated effect of multiple energy models are analyzed simultaneously and in real-time, utilizing the Net Energy Optimizer (NEO®) tool, to determine the net effect on energy use, costs, and potential program incentives

  • NEO supports a wide variety of different mechanical systems and hundreds of whole building refinement options, allowing design teams and owners to optimize choices for their specific building type and customize the mix of space uses

  • Results for each individual measure, three “bundles” and three selected HVAC scenarios are then presented to assist in optimizing the final building design

  • Once the design has been finalized, submittals are provided to the Design Assistance Team for verification; customer incentives are paid upon building construction completion

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Potential building types include all commercial and industrial buildings as well as multifamily buildings with four or more units.
  • Buildings must be served by a participating Wisconsin electric or natural gas utility.
  • New buildings include free-standing buildings, adaptive reuse, substantial renovations and major additions to existing buildings.
  • The minimum project size is 5,000 square feet for typical building uses. Additional requirements may apply for mixed-use space or some type of facilities.
  • Other qualification criteria may be established on a case-by-case basis. Projects must also meet the program timing requirements to qualify.

How to Receive Incentives

  • Use our Enrollment Wizard early in design, to submit your contact and project information.
  • A Design Assistance Program representative will contact you within two business days to discuss your project and determine if your building is a good fit for the program.
  • Once accepted into the program, you’ll receive a customized analysis to assist with energy efficiency decisions and information regarding potential owner incentives. Design team incentives are provided upon completion of the analysis.
  • After the building has been completed, the implementation of the energy efficiency measures will be verified by Focus on Energy. At this time, the building owner will receive financial incentives.