Energy savings can be found in almost any business practice. (See Ernie's Energy Savings Tips for Small Businesses). Many utility companies provide on-site energy audits for businesses, or offer on-line software that identifies opportunities when provided information on the building, equipment, operations and lighting. Utility companies provide many incentives for energy efficient upgrades and equipment. Use our energy efficiency widget (to the right) to find what incentives your utility offers.
Additionally, you can find a list of tax breaks, rebates and grants provided by federal, state and local agencies, and utility companies at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.
The Energy Star Program has many programs that can guide businesses in saving money from lighting, heating, air conditioning and office equipment purchase, use and maintenance. Energy Star also operates a toll-free hotline at 888-STAR YES for answering questions, providing engineering support and product information.
Use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager to find out how your building energy use ranks nationally. (You'll need 12 months worth of energy bills.)
Energy Star also provides various financial tools to help you understand how your investments in energy efficiency will pay off.
Hiring a professional energy auditor can help you take your energy efficiency investments to the next level. Missouri's Department of Natural Resources has compiled a of list professionally certified auditors through its Energize Missouri Industries program. For a listing of individual energy auditors visit the Association of Energy Engineers website.
Learn why energy efficiency and the environment are important to government contractors in our presentation: Your Carbon Footprint: Greening the Government Supply Chain .
In addition, the DOE's Federal Energy Management Program recently created a guide for businesses interested in selling their energy efficient products to the government. It includes information on contractual requirements, designated efficiency requirements, compliance and technology demonstration opportunities. Learn more here.
The Missouri Energy Efficiency Business Association represents member businesses with operations in the manufacturing, distribution, marketing and installation of energy efficiency technologies and services. The organization provides networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, professional development, information sharing and promotional resources.