Free. A Thousand Bucks for Small Businesses

That’s not cash, but up to $1,000 in free “energy efficient lighting and equipment upgrades” for small businesses courtesy of your local electric utility. How often do small businesses catch a break? Soon it will be dark at 5:00 p.m. and local businesses will be switching more lights on earlier, so I had a look at the Small Business Lighting program described in the latest Save on Energy newsletter.

Small businesses “with an electricity demand of less than 50 kW such as clothing stores, independent restaurants, dry cleaners, medical offices, beauty salons, convenience stores, garages and other small retailers can participate.” (Hint – if your business utility bill shows consumption in kWh then you probably qualify as a small business.)

A utility rep conducts an assessment, advises options for lighting improvements, and estimates potential savings. Applicants can choose the upgrades they want and the first 1,000 dollar’s worth is installed free by a qualified electrician. “Clean-up includes recycling and proper disposal.”

Any business interested in this Save on Energy program may also be interested in a new online sustainability planning tool called The New Sustainability Advantage. This is a web site and the title of a book, worksheets and other resources prepared by consultant, Bob Willard. It makes a detailed business case for sustainable operating practices. The web site includes free access to an online ‘Dashboard’ simulator that claims to help guide businesses to a 30% to 80% improvement in profit. In these tough times, worth a look.


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