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January 2001,The Interfaith Coalition on Energy
How to Determine Energy Costs for Rented Space
Frequently, ICE receives requests from churches who are interested in renting space to groups, but they are confused about what to charge to cover energy costs.
If you go through the following steps, you will arrive at a rough estimate of the energy cost involved in renting space in your facility. Please bear in the result from following these steps is an estimate of energy cost. lf you can actually measure the consumption for use of the various parts of your facility, those measurements would likely be more accurate than an estimate.
We think that it is best to estimate energy costs for rented space in two ways.
The first way involves estimates of energy costs for the occasional user. For your protection, it is best to anticipate that these users will want to rent space during the coldest hour in the winter or hottest hour in the summer.
The second way involves estimates of energy costs for the regular user, such as a day-care center or Alcoholics Anonymous, that will occupy your facility regularly, every week over a longer period of time.