Small Business Energy Advantage Program

Get a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment of your small business and then manage the installation of the energy-saving improvements.

Small Business Energy Advantage Program

Get a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment of your small business and then manage the installation of the energy-saving improvements.

Small Business Energy Advantage Program

Get a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment of your small business and then manage the installation of the energy-saving improvements.

Small Business Energy Advantage Program

Get a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment of your small business and then manage the installation of the energy-saving improvements.

Small Business Energy Advantage Program

Get a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment of your small business and then manage the installation of the energy-saving improvements.

Small Business Energy Advantage Program Overview

As part of the Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program, a utility-authorized contractor performs a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment (audit) of your small business’s facility and then manages the installation of the energy-saving improvements they recommend. This one-stop service, combined with our incentives and zero-interest, on-bill payment plans, allows you to get started right away on energy-saving improvements that save your business money in the long run.

How the Small Business Energy Advantage Program Works ➞

 

If you’re like many small commercial and industrial businesses, you don’t have the time, financial resources, or in-house expertise necessary to analyze and reduce your energy usage. We can help. Our utility-authorized contractors will come to your business and perform a no-cost, no-obligation audit of your facility that includes lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration systems. You’ll receive a customized recommendation that shows you how much energy and money you could save by upgrading to energy-efficient equipment. The contractor can then manage the whole installation process for you. And our incentives and low-interest on-bill payment plans can help pay for these upgrades. 

Program Features

  • No-cost energy assessment
  • The comprehensive proposal includes all eligible energy efficiency measures, complete with material and installation costs and estimated savings
  • You decide what improvements make sense for you; there’s no obligation to install
  • No upfront costs for installed upgrades
  • Incentives up to cover a portion of the installed cost
  • Zero-interest and low-cost financing for the balance of installed cost* (payable on your monthly electric bill, so you only have one monthly payment)
  • One-year warranty on contractors’ parts and labor

*Must qualify for financing. Zero-interest financing is available to qualified customers.


Don’t wait—call today to start saving. Your investment will deliver energy cost savings, year after year.

A Virtual Pre-Assessment for Small Businesses is now being offered as a safe, convenient first step for you to make energy-saving improvements. This pre-assessment is available through live, virtual discussions with a contractor at no cost. Connect with us to learn more about how we can help you reduce your energy costs.


Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Small Business Energy Advantage Program Eligibility ➞

 

Commercial and Industrial Eversource customers that use less than 1,000,000 kWh annually across all their CT properties, and UI customers with an average 12-month peak demand between 10 and 200kW are eligible for the SBEA program. For natural gas measures, you must be a firm customer of CNG, SCG, or Eversource.

Check Your Eligibility
  1. Gather last month's bill(s) you received for all your commercial or industrial properties.
  2. Locate your total usage last month on each bill and add together your total monthly usage.
  3. Are you under 80,000 kWh? If so, you may qualify. Call Eversource today!


Types of Small Businesses That Can Benefit

  • Restaurants
  • Car washes
  • Churches/synagogues/meeting centers
  • Long-term care/assisted living facilities
  • Libraries, museums, and more
  • Retail stores
  • Office settings: insurance and real estate brokers, law offices, doctor's offices, accounting firms, etc.
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Gyms

Starting the process is easy. Just contact one of the SBEA contractors or call 877-WISE-USE to start the process. 

If you are a Connecticut business and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. 

Thousands of Connecticut small business and commercial customers have benefited from SBEA—and you can too. 

Examples of Small Business and Commercial Customers That Have Benefited from SBEA

Project

Family Farm

Independently Owned Grocery Store

Museum

Project Description:

Energy Efficient Lighting and Occupancy Sensors

Energy Efficient Lighting, Occupancy Sensors, Cooler Night Covers, Motors, and Controls

Energy Efficient Lighting and Occupancy Sensors

Total Cost:

$5,899

$218,597

$32,175

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund Incentive:

$2,947

$69,945

$9,605

Monthly Loan Payment
(Zero Percent Interest):

$227 / 13 months

$5,946 / 25 months

$940 / 24 months

Net Monthly Electric Savings
(During Loan Period):

$26

$127

$53

Net Monthly Electric Savings
​(After the Loan Is Paid Off):

$253

$6,073

$993

 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

COVID-19: On-Premise Energy Efficiency Programs ➞

We continue to work in coordination with public health experts and officials and members of the contractor community to discuss how contractors can resume services as quickly and safely as possible. We must continue to make safety the highest priority.
Please visit our Energize CT COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Program Update page for more information and frequently asked questions or visit:

Case Studies

A Step-by-Step Guide to the SBEA Program ➞

    Schedule your no-obligation energy assessment with a Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program-authorized contractor. These licensed professionals have been selected by your utility, work throughout the state, and are fully trained in how the program works. 

    Getting started is easy. Call our toll-free number, contact a program-authorized contractor, or contact your utility provider:

    • Call 1-877-WISE-USE
    •  Click Find-A-Professional to locate an SBEA program-authorized contractor
    •  Click the link of your utility provider: Eversource     UI

    Once your utility determines that you are eligible for the program, the SBEA-authorized contractor calls you to schedule a visit.

    During the visit, the contractor conducts an energy assessment of your facility free of charge. Your utility reviews the assessment and, if approved, the contractor presents you with a proposal. The comprehensive proposal includes energy-saving improvements that make sense for your business, complete installation costs, and estimated energy savings, along with the incentives that you qualify for and your financing options.

    After the paperwork is signed, your project can get started—in some cases within 30 days. SBEA program incentives offset a portion of the cost of qualifying measures.

    Interest-free financing for the balance of the project is available for qualified customers. The financed amount will appear on your monthly electric bill, allowing you to make just one monthly payment for both your SBEA loan and your electric bill.

    Financial incentives help get your project completed the right way, the first time. The energy-saving benefits will continue, year after year.
     

    Lighting—Interior/Exterior

    • High-performance lighting
    • Induction and LED lighting
    • Occupancy sensors
    • Photocells

    Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning

    • Energy-efficient equipment upgrades
    • Programmable thermostats
    • Energy management systems

    Refrigeration

    • Anti-condensation door heater controls
    • Evaporator fan controls
    • Night covers
    • Electronically commutated motors
    • Energy-efficient kitchen equipment

    Natural Gas-Saving Equipment

    • Spray nozzles
    • Showerheads
    • Aerators
    • Programmable thermostats
    • Pipe and duct insulation
    • Energy management systems
    • Indoor boiler reset controls
    • Heating equipment
    • Water heating equipment
    • Kitchen equipment
    • Infrared space heaters
    • Envelope measures

    Other Improvements

    • Air compressors
    • Variable frequency drives
    • Premium-efficiency motors
    • Custom measures
    Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.