Program Process

With a focus on energy and water, Southface partners with nonprofits to identify areas where cost savings can occur. After completing the application and pre-assessment, the process begins with a facilities assessment that provides Southface with an understanding of how your building runs. Once energy and water baselines are created and recommendations made, Southface works hand-in-hand with each organization’s designated Green Champion to prioritize and implement improvements.

Interested in becoming a partner of GoodUse? Here’s how it works:

  1. Application & Building Survey

    Interested nonprofits must complete the eligibility survey and application in order to be considered for the program. Providing Southface with organizational background and building information allows us to understand your facility and provide in-house resources that fit your needs most effectively. Before moving on to the next step, Southface engineers will assist you with tracking your energy and water use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

  2. On-Site Facilities Assessment

    Southface engineers execute a building assessment through the lens of a building scientist. During the onsite assessment, engineers collect measurements such as building envelope, water and electricity use, mechanical systems, plumbing systems and more to identify low-cost, high-win recommendations for upgrades to your facility.

  3. Implementation

    Once the on-site facility assessment and benchmarking phases are complete, your organization will receive a customized assessment report that includes suggestions for facility upgrades. Your organization will select from a list of projects to pursue grant funding. Once a project is selected, Southface partners with your organization on bid selection, project management and implementation. Your organization will have a 12-month period in which to complete project implementation.

  4. Data Collection & Final Inspection

    Once project implementation is complete, Southface engineers will complete a final on-site assessment of your facility to ensure proper installation and performance of the recommended projects. Finally, focusing on long-term impact, Southface collaborates with your organization to continually measure success after project implementation. Nurturing these partnerships means sustainable results for the communities nonprofits serve.


Survey & Application

Interested in becoming a GoodUse partner? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Requirements and then complete our eligibility survey by clicking on the Apply button below to see if your organization is a good fit.

  • Thermostat and water heater set points

    Save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling by dialing back your manual thermostat 5-8 degrees Fahrenheit (down in winter, up in summer). Realize even more savings by installing a programmable thermostat and program temperature setbacks when your building is unoccupied. Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and insulate the first 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes, if possible. This will require your water heater to work less and save energy.

  • Plug Loads

    Even when turned off, electric consuming products like computers, televisions, monitors, video game machines, and more draw electricity simply by being plugged into the socket. This unintentional use of electricity is called phantom power. Reduce your plug load by plugging these devices into a power strip and flip the switch on the power strip when not in use.

  • Faucet Aerators

    An extremely simple and cost-effective water saving upgrade is to install 0.5 GPM aerators on all faucets throughout the building. Aerators can be purchased at most home improvement stores and simply screw onto your existing faucet, replacing the existing aerator. Upgrading from a 2.2 GPM to a 0.5 GPM faucet instantly saves over 75% per use!

  • Timers for Hot Water Pumps

    Hot water recirculating pumps circulate hot water from the water heater throughout the building so that there is minimal waiting time for hot water when using a faucet that is not close to the water heater. Adding a timer control to this unit so that it only operates when the building is occupied will save both pump electricity and water heater electricity/gas.

  • Rebates

    Some utility programs run their own rebate programs and others hire a third-party contractor to implement their rebate program. Find out who to talk to at your utility company and develop a primary point of contact for all your rebate questions.

  • Energy Star Certified and Water Sense Labeled Products

    When purchasing new appliances or plumbing fixtures, ensure that they are ENERGY STAR certified or WaterSense labeled, respectively. ENERGY STAR certified products are independently certified to save energy, without sacrificing features or functionality. Water Sense labeled products are rated to use at least 20% less water than regular models.

“Getting the assessment done; having someone come in and think more comprehensively was right on time for us. It makes you feel confident about your next steps.”

Susan Kidd
Agnes Scott College

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