Businesses that are ready to become energy efficient will find that changes in everything from equipment choices to behavior can improve operational efficiency. By taking control of energy spent on lighting, equipment, insulation, and more, effieiency practices will reduce risk, reduce costs and can even make a company more competitive.

These changes can be made with the help of a professional or individually, making it a very low-risk path toward controlling costs.

Nolo.com put together a great list of ideas for reducing energy usage. We have included our favorites below:

  • Change all of your light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Install motion detectors that automatically shut off the lights in lesser-used areas of the operation.
  • Turn off lights when not needed.
  • Install skylights and make use of natural daylight.
  • Install power strips or other devices that effectively unplug computers, kitchen appliances, printers, and other electronics at the end of the day.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Replace old equipment with Energy Star appliances.
  • Install water efficient appliances, low-flow faucets, low-flow toilets, and high-efficiency urinals.
  • Install an energy efficient water heater.
  • Consider buying a laptop next time a computer needs upgrading (they consume far less energy than a desktop).
  • If deliveries are made or vehicles are used frequently, combine trips to save on gas and consider using a Global Positioning System (GPS) system to find the shortest routes and avoid traffic.

Before you check out what your state has to offer, read about the 3 steps you should take to reduce energy costs in our post titled Reduce Energy Costs Through Energy Efficiency With These 3 Steps.

Some utilities also have great tools to help businesses make changes independently. Programs are listed by state and utility:

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AK

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

AL

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

AR

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

AZ

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

CA

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

CO

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

CT

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

DC

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

DE

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

FL

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

GA

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

HI

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

IA

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

ID

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

IL

Electricity

Ameren

Ameren doesn’t have a specific tool or guide to help businesses make changes to a property, but their business incentives pages does list many areas where improvements can be made quite easily. By following the topics discussed, a business can find ways to reduce their energy consumption.

The Ameren incentive list can be found here: http://amerenillinoissavings.com/for-my-business/explore-incentives

ComEd

One of the best tools for independent implementation of energy efficiency practices comes from ComEd. Their Business Energy Analyzer tool is free to use and works by using a business’s account number – meaning that they provide a business with personalized recommendations and feedback specific to that entity in real-time, not as a generalization.

The Energy Analyzer will hold your hand and guide you through a variety of ways you can make a positive impact on you energy efficiency.

Check out the explainer video below:

You can also find more information here: https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave/ForYourBusiness/Pages/BusinessEnergyAnalyzer.aspx

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

Natural Gas

North Shore

Through the Small Business Energy Jumpstart program, businesses can receive a variety of free energy efficient products including showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, pipe insulation and pre-rinse sprayers. These products are installed by North Shore Gas and are absolutely complimentary; free of charge. Contact North Shore by calling: 855-849-8928 or completing the online form here.

https://accel.northshoregasdelivery.com/secure/ssl/business/rebates.aspx

Peoples

Through the Small Business Energy Jumpstart program, businesses can receive a variety of free energy efficient products including showerheads, faucet aerators, programmable thermostats, pipe insulation and pre-rinse sprayers. These products are installed by Peoples Gas and are absolutely free. Contact North Shore by calling: 855-849-8928 or completing the online form here.

https://accel.peoplesgasdelivery.com/secure/ssl/business/rebates.aspx

IN

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Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

KS

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

KY

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

LA

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MA

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MD

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

ME

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MI

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MN

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MO

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MS

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

MT

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NC

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

ND

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NE

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NH

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NJ

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NM

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NV

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

NY

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

OH

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

OK

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

OR

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

PA

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

RI

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

SC

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

SD

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

TN

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

TX

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

UT

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

VA

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

VT

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

WA

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

WI

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

WV

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager

 

WY

More coming soon

Energy Star

Regardless of a business’s state or utility, Energy Star offers an online dashboard for properties to improve their energy efficiency using best practices, benchmarking and progress tracking. Their program is called Portfolio Manager and can be accessed by following the link below:

https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/existing-buildings/use-portfolio-manager/learn-how-portfolio-manager