K-12 Schools

Make the Grade with Energy Updates

In a world of shrinking school budgets, every dollar counts. Investing in energy efficiency can deliver immediate savings that you can redirect to your highest priorities. Energize Connecticut helps you prioritize improvements and identify funding resources to make your projects affordable.

Overview

The annual energy bill to run America’s primary and secondary schools is a staggering $6 billion — more than is spent on textbooks and computers combined1. In a typical school building, space heating, cooling and lighting together account for nearly 70 percent of the school’s energy use2.

Schools that have made energy-efficient improvements can use three times less energy, resulting in substantial savings. Renewable energy systems can also save significant money on your energy bills and provide valuable teaching tools. Some energy smart school buildings even cost 40 cents per square foot less to operate than the average performers.

1Source: ENERGY STAR® | 2Source: eere.energy.gov

How We Can Help

Your Connecticut school 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 as well as process improvement programs such as our Operations and Maintenance program.

To find smart energy options that are right for you, please visit our programs wizard, check out the smart energy solutions we offer, or see a list of popular choices below.

For information about smart energy options for institutions of higher education, please visit our Colleges and Universities page.

POPULAR CHOICES
Replace Outdated Equipment for Long-Term Savings

Trim operating costs with energy-saving upgrades. See how financial incentives helped Connecticut Children's Medical Center save $23,000 a year.

Optimize Performance

Tap into technical and financial resources to ensure your building operates at peak efficiency.

Business Rebates

Make smart energy improvements with rebates.


Connecticut Green LEAF Schools

The Connecticut Green LEAF Schools program guides and recognizes schools for striving to provide effective environmental and sustainability education; to improve the health and wellness of students and staff; and to reduce environmental impacts and costs. Visit the Connecticut Green LEAF Schools ...

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 ...

eesmarts

It’s never been easier – or more important – to teach K-12 students about energy efficiency, conservation and clean, renewable energy. Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) provides the educator training, and lesson materials are free. Now it is easy for you to become ...

Anaerobic Digestion Projects

Does your commercial, industrial or institutional facility have a high power load or generate large volumes of organic matter? If so, it’s worth exploring Anaerobic Digestion technologies. You could be eligible for a grant, loan or power purchase incentive to offset the cost of ...

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.

SmartLiving Center

The SmartLiving Center is part science museum, part hands-on activity center and part home improvement showroom. Whether you visit for a seminar, an event or a tour, you’ll learn how to use energy wisely throughout your home and make smart energy choices. The Orange location will be closing on ...

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 ...

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 ...