Energy Financing Animation

This animation tackles the question of how to think about job creation and wider economic benefits from energy efficiency. We can't assume that an expensive efficiency project provides more economic stimulus than "low hanging fruit." The important long-term economic benefit comes when businesses save money through efficiency, which they can then reinvest. When an efficiency project has a shorter payback, the business saves that money sooner. 

Watch the animation below for a full explanation, and download our Loan Payback Calculator to see how interest rates impact how long it takes to repay the loan with savings from energy bills. For more background information, read an interview describing the various perceptions of energy efficiency's wider economic benefits and the assumptions behind our animation's financing and job creation calculations.

Loan Payoff Calculator (.xlsx)