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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.


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:

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 wizardcheck 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.

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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 ...

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 aesthetics. ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

Operations and 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 ...


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

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 ...

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 ...

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.