Energy Opportunities Program Overview
Energy efficiency may not be at the top of your list when it comes to replacing functioning equipment. But energy cost savings and other benefits can deliver attractive returns on investment and savings for years to come. Now, with support from the Energy Opportunities program, you have the financial and technical assistance that will enable you to upgrade to energy-efficient equipment in existing buildings.
The Energy Opportunities program makes upgrading to energy-efficient equipment affordable. Our energy experts work with you to maximize energy cost savings by replacing or modifying inefficient, functioning equipment such as lighting, HVAC, chillers, motors, controls, water heaters, and commercial cooking equipment.
We help you upgrade to high-efficiency alternatives by reducing upfront costs with:
- Financial incentives up to 40 percent of the installed costs.
- Zero-interest or low-interest rate financing.
- “Express rebates” for common measures for fast and convenient savings.
All types of businesses are saving thousands of dollars each year. For example:
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
- Received a $37,000 incentive to offset its investment in high-efficiency HVAC controls.
- Saves approximately $23,000/year.
The Lighting Quotient (Lighting fixture designer/manufacturer)
- Received an $84,000 incentive to defray its investment in new gas-fired heating boilers.
- Saves approximately $30,000/year.
Incentives help you save on equipment costs and continue to save on capital and operating costs.
Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information on our Energy Opportunities program.
How the Energy Opportunities Program Works ➞
- Utility energy experts will work with you to identify energy-saving equipment opportunities that make sense for your business.You maintain complete control over your project.
- Energy Opportunities program administrators prepare a project agreement for your signature prior to ordering equipment. This agreement details all the energy-efficient measures, estimated energy savings, and anticipated incentive amounts. Information on zero-percent or low-interest financing is also provided.
- You work with your own preferred contractors and/or maintenance staff to purchase and install energy-efficient equipment.
- After the project is completed and the measures are inspected and verified, your company or organization receives an incentive payment.
Incentives are available for the following energy-efficient equipment:
- Daylight controls
- Automatic dimming/occupancy sensors
- LED lighting
- Networked lighting control systems
- Natural gas furnaces and unit heaters
- Natural gas boilers
- Natural gas radiant heaters
- Boiler reset controls
- Rooftop or split-system air conditioning equipment
- Energy management systems
- Premium motors
- Variable speed drives
- CO2 controls
- Occupancy-based HVAC controls
- Programmable thermostats
- Ammonia refrigeration systems
- Mechanical sub-coolers
- Evaporator controls
- Oversized condensers
- High-speed cooler/freezer doors
- Electronically commutated motors (ECMs)
Energy-Efficient Water Heating
- Natural gas indirect water heaters
- Natural gas on-demand tankless water heaters
Energy-Efficient Process-Related Equipment
- Premium motors
- Variable speed drives
- Infrared heaters and gas-fired ovens
- Commercial kitchen cooking equipment, including exhaust hoods, ranges, and ovens
- Air compressors and related system components
- Process chillers
- Material handling equipment (conveyor belt systems and screw-feed devices)
Financial incentives will help get your project completed the right way, the first time. The energy-saving benefits will continue, year after year.
Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information on how the Energy Opportunities program works.
Energy Opportunities Program Eligibility ➞
Eversource or UI commercial, industrial, or municipal customers of any size engaged in an electric saving retrofit project. For natural gas saving measures, you must be a firm customer of CNG, SCG, or Eversource.
A retrofit is defined as the replacement of existing equipment that is operational and has at least 25% of its useful life remaining or upgrades and/or modifications of existing equipment that save energy.
To see the minimum qualification and incentive criteria for common measures in this program, please visit your utility’s website at the links below:
Many types of businesses can benefit:
- Retail stores
- Government and municipal buildings
- Schools, colleges, and universities
- Office settings: insurance and real estate brokers, law offices, accounting firms, etc.
- Private buildings: libraries, museums and more
Starting the process is easy. Just call 877-WISE-USE or click the link to your utility below:
If you are a Connecticut business and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your utility’s website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you.
Energy Management Systems ➞
As part of the Energy Opportunities program, we can assist you with installing an Energy Management System (EMS), an automation system that collects energy measurement data from the field and makes it available to you through graphics, online monitoring tools, and energy quality analyzers. An EMS allows you to manage your energy usage efficiently, so you can save money in the long run, and cut down on your building’s carbon emissions.
Case Studies ➞
Case Study: The United States Coast Guard Academy
Learn how the Coast Guard Academy in New London completed a holistic energy management project that modernized infrastructure and equipment in 30 campus buildings, from student barracks to the academic laboratories, helping the Academy use energy more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Forms and Documents ➞
Energy Efficiency for New Construction
Maximize your new facility’s energy performance by incorporating energy savings into your new construction and building renovation projects.
Energy Efficient Manufacturing
Make your manufacturing processes and facilities more energy efficient through training on how to reduce waste, improve efficiency, and reduce energy consumption.