Just as hybrid cars are using advanced engineering to cut gasoline bills, technology can cut the cost of cooling, heating, and lighting America’s buildings.
A hybrid car’s better mileage helps drivers pay for its gas-saving technology. Similarly, a money-saving financing device can pay for energy improvements in schools and offices, and slash their costs.
Florida could benefit by considering what Naugatuck, Conn., has accomplished by taking advantage of a financing mechanism known as an “energy performance contract.”
The central Connecticut community has made $12 million in energy improvements to its schools and other public buildings at no real cost. By cutting its demand for energy from coal, oil and natural gas, Naugatuck is also reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.
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