Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Interested in investing in energy efficiency to cut costs and reduce energy use at your business? If so, you should know that energy efficiency services, incentives and technical assistance are available for all Massachusetts industries and businesses.
Mass Save®, an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, offers a wide variety of opportunities to save energy and money in the near and long term for small businesses, medium and large businesses, and industrial customers. Whether you need help assessing your energy use, updating your lighting to compact fluorescents or LEDs, or making sure that you choose the right high efficiency heating and cooling system for your building, the help you need to manage your energy costs most effectively is there. Mass Save can also connect you with incentives for new construction and equipment or building upgrades.
To see how other businesses, nonprofit organizations, and communities have used these services, take a look at the case studies posted online at Mass Save. There are also industry-specific details available for sectors like healthcare, property management, labs, and grocery stores.
If you are a large industrial company, there’s another resource to check out, the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). IAC was recently hailed by President Barack Obama as "an important part of the administrations 'all-of-the-above' approach to domestic energy sources" through conducting energy assessments that save manufacturers money and teaching students how to be energy efficiency leaders. Over the last 25 years, IAC has made 2,243 recommendations to help Massachusetts companies save energy and money, and specializes in helping companies identify best energy practices, which include improving waste heat recovery and compressed air systems or creating more efficient steam, pump and fan systems. To find out more or to schedule an energy audit you can visit their website.
There are many other energy efficiency incentive programs, both state and federal, which help businesses reduce the costs of implementing these efficiency improvements and you can find a comprehensive list here.
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