The Value of Energy Efficiency
While new technologies and renewable energy sources are gaining in popularity, energy efficiency remains the easiest — and single most cost-effective — way to cut energy use. The most energy-efficient buildings in America — those that have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR — use 35 percent less energy than typical buildings, all without trade-offs in performance or comfort. Energy efficiency can be even easier to achieve with these programs.
Research also shows that more efficient buildings have higher occupancy rates and increased asset value compared to typical buildings. Tenants want real estate with lower utility bills, and more and more organizations are implementing leasing policies mandating environmentally friendly space. What’s more, consumers and employees report a desire to affiliate with organizations they perceive to be environmentally responsible.
Read more about the 10 reasons to pursue ENERGY STAR certification for your properties.
ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business® can help you reduce your use while providing rebates for upgrading equipment such as lighting, HVAC, and industrial systems.
Case studies: Savings in control systems, lighting, construction and more
Nicor’s energySMART program for businesses can help you identify natural gas savings opportunities and earn cash rebates and incentives.
Case studies: Rockford businesses have received more than $10 million in incentives
As a small business owner, you can make a difference by “going green.” Explore energy saving tips and learn how you and your business can be more energy efficient.
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
Funding opportunities and technical assistance from the State of Illinois