on-site efficiency assessments for businesses, industries,
institutions, and other organizations. Through the
assessment process, the organization obtains the tools
needed to implement energy efficiency measures, waste
reduction programs, and recycling programs. Implementing
these measures will result in process efficiencies and
increased profits over time.
Since 1990, the WRATT Foundation has conducted over 2,000
on-site assessments in the State of Alabama. WRATT also has
developed and conducted numerous workshops and seminars
promoting waste reduction, pollution prevention, and energy
conservation for a number of specific industries. Under a
contract with EPA Region III and TVA, for example, WRATT
conducted workshops in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia and Virginia
for the metal fabrication industry. The Foundation has also
conducted workshops for agricultural, printing, and auto
repair industries, as well as for general business and small
In an EPA/ADEM-funded survey, 74 Alabama companies reported
savings of $8,662,000 as a direct result of implementing
- The average cost of
these assessments was $2,349 for small businesses.
- The total cost for the
74 assessments was $173,826 for a benefit/cost ratio of
about 50 to 1.
- The average savings
per company was $117,000.
WRATT has conducted over
600 on-site assessments of Alabama school facilities and
prepared and distributed a waste reduction manual for school
systems. Many of the recommendations for schools have
resulted in thousands of dollars in energy savings alone.