Office Buildings

Put Smart Energy on the Agenda

Investing in energy improvements can significantly reduce operating costs in office buildings of all sizes. There are many options, from operations and maintenance changes to lighting upgrades and renewable energy systems. Energize Connecticut helps you make smart choices, with expert advice, resources and energy-saving programs tailored to your needs.

Overview

Energy use is the single largest operating expense in office buildings, representing approximately one-third of typical operating budgets. Energy-saving improvements can help office buildings reduce energy costs by up to 35 percent1. Renewable energy systems can generate electricity or heat that can lower and stabilize your energy costs over time. These savings allow building owners to focus more resources on meeting core business objectives. Beyond energy cost savings, improving energy performance can enhance comfort, boost productivity and reduce operations and maintenance costs.

1Source: ENERGY STAR®

How We Help

Your Connecticut  office building 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, if you meet peak demand requirements, from the full-service energy efficiency program Small Business Energy Advantage.

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 ...

Low-Interest Loans for Commercial & Industrial Customers

Make energy savings pay out with low-interest financing for qualified energy-efficient improvements. Coupled with incentives, it can make your project a reality so you can start saving sooner.

Combined Heat & Power Pilot Program

Does your commercial, industrial or institutional facility have large heat and power load demands? If so, it’s worth exploring Combined Heat & Power technologies. You could be eligible for a grant, loan or power purchase incentive to offset the cost of investing in equipment to tap into this ...

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.

Retro-Commissioning

Retro-commissioning (RCx) is a process to optimize your building’s operations and maintenance.  It focuses on how your mechanical equipment, lighting and related controls operate, and how these systems function together. These improvements are supported with sustainable energy management ...

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 ...

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 ...

Operations and Maintenance

Trimming your energy costs may be easier and more affordable than you think. We can help you assess your commercial building or industrial facility to identify energy-saving opportunities through improved maintenance practices, equipment repairs and operational changes. Effective operation and ...