CASE STUDIES

Ecova has helped thousands of utilities and hundreds of thousands of businesses gain broad visibility and precise insight into inefficiencies, reduce expenses and increase return on capital investments and build lasting advantages for the bottom line—and the environment. However, the true measure of our services is not in what we say we can do, it's in what we have done. We invite you to learn from real studies of our skills, approach and principles.

24 Hour Fitness Trims Waste Costs Through an Effective Waste Recycling Program

When the state of California passed AB 341—the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law—in 2011, the implications were significant for business operators. The law requires any business that generates four or more cubic yards of waste per week to implement a recycling program. Some companies considered this a costly incursion. Procurement of recycling bins, training and awareness programs, signage, and the possibility of changes in trash pickup frequency contributed to the gripes of many.

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Seattle City Light Crosses the Energy Savings Threshold in Hard-to-Reach Markets

Ecova implemented the Powerful Neighborhoods Program for Seattle City Light (SCL) targeting hard-to-reach markets with customers who had not participated at high levels in conservation programs in the past. Funded in part by a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the program sought to increase residential customer program participation by directly installing energy-saving devices in up to 20,000 homes. The focus was to provide basic energy efficiency education to lower-income, non-English-speaking and senior owner-occupied households. Capitalizing on the power of successful neighborhood involvement, the utility expanded the program to the multifamily market to deepen penetration.

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Building a More Energy-Efficient Computer

Something you might not know: Today’s computers spend 95 percent of their energy idling for the user. The Ecova research team felt that fact bore some further inspection. The team looked for solutions to cut down energy use during that idle time, as well as the actual usage time.

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