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.

Accurate Utility Budgets Equal Fiscally Responsible Spending

The annual energy and utility budgeting process can be extremely challenging to a company’s internal resources. Across companies, employees set aside time away from regular tasks to analyze previous years of data, and dive into complex, custom spreadsheets or provide a “best guess” budget for the next fiscal year. Either way, they often lack critical information about highly probable upcoming price changes, and have few tools and clear methods to handle baseline data outliers, extraordinary weather changes, and supply contract volatility.

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Holiday Retirement Bucks 10-Year Trend of Increasing Waste Disposal Costs

With over 300 communities spanning 43 states, managing the waste generated by Holiday Retirement Senior Living is a daunting task. Focusing on those challenges—and procuring some third-party assistance to overcome them—has helped the company reduce waste expenses by 13% at impacted sites, even as the national average cost of those services has climbed 28% over the past decade. The Ecova services that Holiday Retirement leverages are also resulting in continuous cost savings and sustainability gains.

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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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