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Virtual Pre-Assessment: Small Business Energy Advantage

  • Building Controls/Energy Mgmt.
  • Drives, Refrig. Controls, Timers & ECMs
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)

A virtual pre-assessment for small businesses provides the same expertise and personal care as an in-person visit, except your contractor interacts with you remotely, by phone or video service.

Additional Details

During the virtual pre-assessment, your contractor will identify energy-saving opportunities in your business and then prepare a potential list of energy saving opportunities which includes simple, self-install measures such as LED light bulbs to replace old incandescent, or faucet aerators to help save money on your water heating cost.

The contractor will work with your utility to have the identified self-install measures shipped to your business for you to start saving energy and money right away. See the complete list of areas assessed with the Small Business Energy Advantage program below. Your contractor will schedule a follow-up, in-person visit for a future date to further identify deeper savings opportunities to be installed.

Call 877-WISE-USE for more information or use the Find a Contractor tool to connect with a utility partnered contractor.

With a no-cost virtual pre-assessment you may receive:

  • A virtual visit with a utility partnered contractor to identify opportunities to reduce your energy consumption.
  • A follow up Small Business Energy Advantage site visit at no cost.
  • Energy-saving products delivered to you at no cost.
  • Generous rebates and incentives on qualifying energy-efficient heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.
  • Attractive financing opportunities for eligible upgrades.




Lighting Systems Upgrades & Controls (including LEDs)

Air Sealing and Weatherization

Refrigeration Controls and Cooler Upgrades

Pipe Insulation

HVAC System Upgrades & Controls

Heating System Controls

Motor or Drive Controls

Steam Trap Maintenance

Compressed Air Systems

High-Efficiency Heating and Water Heating Equipment

Upgrades & Controls

Faucet Aerators

Custom Energy Efficiency Measures

Trickle Start Shower Heads


Custom Energy Efficiency Measures

Electric customers of Eversource or United Illuminating on a commercial rate with an annual usage at or below 250,000 kWh are eligible and:

  • Have the ability to self-install recommended instant saving products received (such as light bulbs).
  • Be comfortable working with a contractor over the phone and be able to use technology for video chat and/or to send photos of the business over email.
    • Your contractor will advise when your appointment is made which video chat apps will need to be downloaded to your smart phone or tablet.  Apps such as ZOOM, Facetime, or Google Duo are commonly used for the virtual pre-assessment.
  • Additional criteria may apply.


Call 877-WISE-USE for more information or use the Find a Contractor tool to connect with a utility partnered contractor.

Small Business Energy Advantage

Up to 50% of Install Cost
  • Building Controls/Energy Mgmt.
  • Drives, Refrig. Controls, Timers & ECMs
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

A utility-authorized contractor performs a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment (audit) of your facility and then manages the installation of the energy-saving improvements. This one-stop service, combined with our incentives and zero-interest, on-bill payment plans, allows you to get started right away.

Additional Details

The Companies 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:

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.

If you’re like many small commercial and industrial customers, you do not 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 manages the whole installation process for you. And with our incentives and low-interest on-bill payment plans, you won’t have to worry about cash flow. It couldn’t be easier to save money. Just pick up the phone and call. That’s all you need to do.


  • Free energy assessment
  • 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 50 percent of the installed cost
  • Zero-interest and low-cost financing * (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 available to qualified customers.

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

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

Steps to Take Smart Energy Action

Step 1 -

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 a SBEA program-authorized contractor.
  • Click the link of your utility provider: Eversource     UI

Step 2 - 

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

Step 3 -

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.

Step 4 -

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.

Step 5 -

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.

Examples of typical energy-efficient upgrades include:

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
  • 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. 

Commercial and Industrial Eversource customers that use less than 1,000,000 kWh annually across all of their CT properties, and UI customers with an average 12-month peak demand between 10 and 200kW. For natural gas measures, 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 usual.
  3. Are you under 60,000 kWh? If so, you may qualify! Call Eversource today!

Many types of small businesses can benefit:

  • Restaurants
  • Car washes
  • Churches/synagogues/meeting centers
  • Long term care/ Assisted living
  • 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 listed on your utility’s website or call 877-WISE-USE to start the process. Click the link to your utility below:

Eversource     UI  

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. Some example projects include:

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
$227/13 months $5,946/25 months $940/24 months
$26 $127 $53
$253 $6,073 $993

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

Energy Opportunities

Various Incentives and Financing Available
  • Building Controls/Energy Mgmt.
  • Drives, Refrig. Controls, Timers & ECMs
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

With today’s energy costs, delaying to upgrade old inefficient equipment can actually cost you money. Invest in energy-efficient equipment now to reduce operating costs and improve productivity, ease-of-use, comfort and even aesthetics.

Additional Details

In today's competitive environment, 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 us, you have the financial and technical assistance that will enable you to upgrade to energy-efficient equipment.

We make 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% of the installed costs
  • Zero-interest or low-interest rate financing

The program also offers “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 Fund made it possible for us to do the right thing for our patients and the environment.” –Bob Will, Facilities Manager

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
  • “Our business is now not only innovative in our lighting solutions, but also innovative in embracing a green workplace, and this message is carried into the community by our employees. With our energy-efficient environment, our employees have a new sense of pride, and they bring this pride into their homes.” – Allison Walker, Chairman and CEO

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.

Steps to Take Smart Energy Action

Step 1 -

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.

Step 2 -

Energy Opportunities program administrators prepare a project agreement for your signature prior to ordering equipment. This agreement details all of the energy-efficient measures, estimated energy savings and anticipated incentive amounts. Information on zero-percent or low-interest financing is also provided.

Step 3 -

You work with your own preferred contractors and/or maintenance staff to purchase and install the energy-efficient equipment.

Step 4 -

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:

Energy-Efficient Lighting

  • T5 and T8 florescent fixtures
  • Induction technology based fixtures
  • High-performance, hardwired compact fluorescent fixtures
  • Daylight controls
  • Automatic dimming/occupancy sensors
  • LED lighting

Energy-Efficient HVAC

  • Natural gas furnaces and unit heaters
  • Natural gas boilers
  • Natural gas radiant heaters
  • Boiler reset controls
  • Chillers
  • Rooftop or split-system air conditioning equipment
  • Energy management systems
  • Premium motors
  • Variable speed drives
  • CO2 controls
  • Occupancy-based HVAC controls
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Differential enthalpy economizer controls

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration

  • 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)

Custom Measures

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.

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 replacement of existing equipment that is operational and has at least 25 percent 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:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

Many types of businesses can benefit:

  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers
  • Retail stores
  • Hospitals
  • Government and municipal buildings
  • Lodging
  • 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:

Eversource     UI     CNG     SCG

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. Please click here for information on how to contact your municipal utility.

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