ENERGY STAR Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator
The ENERGY STAR® Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator can be used to estimate how much new equipment can be purchased and financed by anticipated savings cash flows. It can also be used to compare the costs and benefits of financing projects now versus waiting for a lower interest rate, or until cash is available from a future budget.
The ENERGY STAR® Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator has five important tabs. The data entry tab allows users to enter basic information of the square feet of their facility and energy costs. The investment values tab operates like a “reverse financial calculator” to help estimate the amount of equipment that could be financed with future energy savings. The cash flow projection tabs helps quantify whether it is better to “pay as you go” and wait until funds are available in future budgets or finance an energy efficiency project immediately through a third-party lender. The cost of delay tab shows whether it would be best to wait for a lower interest rate or finance now at a slightly higher rate.
This workbook is ideal for users interested in calculating whether and how to invest in ENERGY STAR® equipment. In order to obtain calculations specific to a situation, users must know basic information about their annual utility bills, likely interest rates and potential energy savings.
A measure of a building's or product's energy performance compared with that of similar buildings or products, as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / U.S. Department of Energy's ENERGY STARŪ Portfolio Manager. Energy efficiency is the process of using less energy to produce the same or increased functions. Often used mistakenly as a synonym for ENERGY CONSERVATION. The ability or potential of a physical body to do work. The most common forms of energy are heat, light, mechanical (moving parts), and electrical.