Make your utility pay you

Make Your Utility Pay You

Depending on your location, your energy utility can be an excellent source of programs for reducing your operational expenses. From rebates on new equipment to demand-response programs that actually pay your business for using less energy, there are many opportunities for reducing your organization's energy expenses.

Contact your local utility company to ask about programs such as these:

  • Rebates when you purchase new, energy-efficient equipment. New equipment can use considerably less energy than older systems, and cash rebates from your utility are like getting paid to spend less on energy.
  • Incentives for installing conservation technology, or to retrofit your existing infrastructure, for equipment such as electric strip heaters around display-case doors that automatically cycle off heat when it isn't needed. Incentive payments are based on the amount of energy saved, and utilities often require a pre-inspection of your existing equipment before the project is started.
  • Interest-free financing for making business improvements that will reduce your building's energy load. Utilities often pair these with rebate and incentive programs to help companies upgrade to more efficient equipment.
  • Voluntary or mandatory demand-response programs reduce energy demand during peak hours to help prevent grid overload. Your store may receive financial credits for reducing your room-cooling needs on hot summer days, for instance.
  • Energy audits of your facility. These on-site evaluations of your building's energy usage help you identify opportunities for increasing your facility's energy efficiency as well as controlling its load reduction potential.

In addition, DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

To learn more about energy-management solutions that can help your company save money, contact your local utility. Your Heatcraft sales representative can provide additional information on energy-saving refrigeration products.

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