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
Be a Leader for Clean Energy

Make energy-saving improvements in your facilities with special funding resources and technical assistance.

Rebates & Financing

Make smart energy improvements with:

A Bright Way to Save

It's easy to reduce energy costs with energy efficient lighting.


Lead by Example for Municipalities

Help lead the way to a clean energy future for Connecticut. Local governments play a critical role in reaching state energy-efficiency goals. Through Lead by Example, you can take advantage of a range of technical and financial resources to reduce energy use and operating costs in your facilities...

Power of Change Award

The Power of Change award recognizes and advances Connecticut's leadership in energy efficiency, inspiring all of us to step up. Visit the Power of Change Award website to learn more.

Lead by Example for State Agencies

Help lead the way to a clean energy future for Connecticut. Your state agency can make energy-saving improvements through special funding resources, track energy performance through online benchmarking and have access to energy monitoring devices that allow energy managers to target and address...

Small Business Energy Advantage

Get expert advice on energy-saving strategies that help you operate more efficiently. We start with a no-cost energy assessment of your facility, followed by a customized proposal for improvements and an overview of costs, energy savings, incentives and financing options. It’s an easy first...

Operations & Maintenance

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

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...

Express Service Lighting Rebate

The Express Service Lighting Rebate 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!

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...

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...

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...

Cool Choice Rebate

Cool Choice is a smart way 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 paying a...

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...

Commercial Clothes Washer Rebate

Make your laundry facility work for you. The next time you purchase a commercial clothes washer, choose an energy-saving ENERGY STAR model. Whether you’re replacing just one machine or many, you can earn a $200 rebate for each qualifying machine and get high performance with every load.

Natural Gas Heating Equipment Rebate

A smart way 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 all the energy...

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.

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 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 high-efficiency system...

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...

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...

CTCleanEnergyOptions

Even if you’re not ready to invest in a solar energy system for your facility, you can support clean, renewable energy. Sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions on-line or by calling the supplier of your choice.

Building Operator Certification Training

Knowledge is power when it comes to operating buildings efficiently. Now state and municipal governments have access to Building Operator Certification training that gives building managers the knowledge to ensure the systems in a facility work together to optimize energy performance. Once...