Wednesday May 7, 2008

Energy Audits

The School of Engineering will help needy residents in a local community reduce energy bills.

The University of Dayton School of Engineering is partnering with the Dayton suburb of Kettering to perform free energy audits for Kettering residents.

UD engineering students will visit homes, examine utility bills and test areas notorious for being energy wasters. Lowering energy bills can be as simple as turning down the thermostat a few degrees or caulking drafty windows.

Kettering residents can apply through the city's housing rehabilitation and loan program by calling 296-2441. There are limitations on income for eligibility.

The University of Dayton School of Engineering has been a leader in energy efficiency for years. In 2006, the State of Ohio awarded the School of Engineering's Industrial Assessment Center an award of excellence. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Energy gave the center its top national award.

UD's Industrial Assessment Center provides free energy, waste and productivity assessments for regional companies with up to 500 employees and gross annual sales up to $100 million. The center has performed more than 700 industrial assessments. During the last five years, clients report that the assessments have helped them save an average of $100,000 per year.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or