Small Businesses

Energy-Saving Solutions as a Cornerstone to Your Business

Energy investments can deliver cost savings that you can redirect to making your business grow. Energize Connecticut helps you prioritize improvements and connects you with funding resources to make your projects affordable.

Overview

Whether you own your building or are a tenant, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning and power for office equipment and other services to operate your business. Energy-saving improvements and equipment can reduce your operating costs and improve your bottom line.

Some Small Businesses Have Unique Energy Needs

Auto Dealers – The average auto dealership uses more energy per square foot than a typical office building. Fortunately, energy-efficient or renewable energy upgrades to lighting, HVAC and other services can reduce energy costs significantly while maintaining or improving lighting quality, safety and customer comfort.

Grocery Store or Convenience Store – Whether you operate a grocery store or convenience store, you know that refrigeration uses a lot of energy. Nationally, grocery refrigeration costs an average 38 percent of total energy use1. That’s why it’s important to maintain your refrigeration systems and install energy-efficiency options. Energy efficiency can be applied to all types of refrigeration equipment, including reach-in, walk-in and under-the-counter refrigerators and freezers, as well as a variety of food and drink storage and display cases. Renewable energy systems can also help reduce your energy costs.

Source: 1ENERGY STAR®

How We Help

Your Connecticut small businesses can take advantage of a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs funded through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. You can benefit from cash incentives, financing options and the full service energy efficiency program Small Business Energy Advantage program.

To find smart energy options that are right for you, please visit our programs wizardcheck out the smart energy solutions we offer, or see a list of popular choices below.

POPULAR CHOICES
Expert Energy Advice for Small Businesses

Get a no-cost energy assessment with our one-stop service.

A Bright Way to Save

It's easy to reduce energy costs with energy efficient lighting.

Rebates and Financing Put Smart Energy Investments within Reach

Make energy-saving and renewable energy improvements with rebates and financing.


Energy Opportunities

It can be a big decision to replace equipment if it’s still functioning. But with today’s energy costs, delaying an upgrade can actually cost you money. Investing in energy-efficient equipment can reduce operating costs and improve productivity, ease-of-use, comfort and even aesthetics. ...

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy

It’s easier than ever to invest in energy-saving improvements and renewable energy projects. Through the Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, building owners access affordable, long-term financing for qualifying clean energy upgrades through placing a voluntary assessment ...

Energy Conscious Blueprint

Want to maximize energy performance in your new facility?  Plan for efficiency from the beginning with help from utility energy experts. They’ll work with you and your design team to identify energy-saving opportunities and integrate them into your plans early – before the ...

Express Service and Instant Lighting Rebates

The Express Service and Instant Lighting Rebates is a smart way for businesses to save electricity and cut energy costs by installing high-efficiency lighting. Now with paper and instant rebates you can enjoy all the energy-saving benefits without paying a premium price. What a bright idea!

Cool Choice Rebate

Cool Choice is a smart way for businesses to save electricity and cut energy costs by installing high-efficiency air conditioning and heat pump systems. Now, with rebates through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, you can enjoy all the energy-saving benefits of a high-efficiency system without ...

C&LM Financing-Small Business/Municipal Loan Program

Trim energy costs with interest-free loans for energy-saving and demand-reducing projects. Combined with incentives, this program allows small businesses and municipalities to invest in improvements now to start saving sooner. Repayment terms up to four years and an on-bill payment option make it ...

Commercial Clothes Washer Rebate

Make your laundry facility work for your bottom line. The next time you purchase a commercial clothes washer, choose an energy-saving ENERGY STAR model. Whether you’re replacing just one machine or many, you can earn a $200 rebate for each qualifying machine and get high performance with ...

Commercial Kitchen Equipment Rebate

Want a recipe for success? Turn your commercial kitchen into a model of efficiency. We make it easy to reduce energy costs and improve performance with rebates on energy-saving ENERGY STAR® equipment. And because many energy-saving options produce less heat, you might also reduce your cooling ...

Natural Gas Heating Equipment Rebate

A smart way for businesses to save gas and cut energy costs is by installing high-efficiency natural gas heating equipment. With efficiencies of up to 98 percent they are the most efficient heating equipment available. Now with rebates through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, you can enjoy ...

Natural Gas Infrared Heater Rebate

Cool down your budget and warm up your facility with energy-efficient natural gas infrared heaters. When you install a qualifying low-intensity or high-intensity model, you can receive a rebate of $500-$850 per unit. 

CTCleanEnergyOptions

Even if you’re not ready to invest in a solar energy system for your business, you can support clean, renewable energy. Sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions on-line or by calling the supplier of your choice.

Natural Gas Water Heating Rebate

With efficiencies of up to 85 percent or more, installing high-efficiency natural gas water heating equipment is a smart way for businesses to save gas and cut energy costs. Now with rebates through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund you can enjoy all the energy-saving benefits of a ...

Vending Machine Rebate

Cold beverage vending machines are everywhere, making our lives easier. But machines that run continuously can cost more than $300 a year to operate. There’s a better choice. With motion-sensing technology, you can cut energy costs 20-70 percent simply by powering down the unit when no one is ...

Office of Energy Efficient Businesses

The Office of Energy Efficient Businesses is designed to bring energy efficiency and conservation services directly to small businesses in underserved areas of Connecticut and to help businesses identify steps to reduce their energy bills.

Tax Credits

Federal tax credits and grants can help make energy efficiency and renewable energy investments pencil out. Qualified high-efficiency equipment, “whole-building” energy efficiency projects and some renewable energy equipment may be eligible. Builders that construct high-performance ...

Small Business Energy Advantage

In today’s competitive environment, energy efficiency is a key element in maintaining a healthy bottom line. Wise business owners also know that energy improvements can increase productivity. We can help. A utility-authorized contractor will advise you on energy-saving strategies and ...