Small Business Energy Advantage

Giving Small Businesses a Competitive Edge

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 technologies specific to your business that will deliver the greatest savings at the least cost to you. This “one-stop” energy savings service not only allows you to get started right away, but it also lets you focus on your business – where it should be.

Analyze and reduce energy usage  by upgrading to energy-efficient equipment

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.

Features:

  • 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.

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 -

Contact one of the Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program-authorized contractors listed on your utility’s website or call 877-WISE-USE to start the process. These licensed professionals have been selected by your utility, work throughout the state and are fully trained in how the program works.

Click the link to your utility below:

CL&P       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

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. 

 


Who is Eligible?

Commercial and industrial CL&P 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 Yankee Gas.

Many types of small businesses can benefit:

  • Restaurants
  • Car washes
  • Churches/synagogues/meeting centers
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Private buildings: libraries, museums and more
  • Retail stores
  • Office settings: insurance and real estate brokers, law offices, accounting firms, etc.
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Gas stations

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:

CL&P       UI  

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.

Examples of Small Business and Commercial Customers that have Benefited from SBEA

Thousands of Connecticut small business and commercial customers have benefited from SBEA - and you can too. Some example projects include:

PROJECT:Family FarmIndependently Owned Grocery StoreMuseum
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:Energy Efficient Lighting and Occupancy SensorsEnergy Efficient Lighting, Occupancy Sensors, Cooler Night Covers, Motors, and ControlsEnergy 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.