As the spring and summer seasons arrive, warmer temperatures and sunnier days bring higher foot traffic to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, which can be a boon for small businesses. Increased traffic can also mean increased energy costs as you spend more on cooling, lighting, and equipment to keep your business running. This year, don’t let energy waste create unnecessary expenses: find out how to optimize your energy use by getting started with Cape Light Compact’s free energy assessment.
Signing up for this assessment is easy: just call 1-800-797-6699 and the Compact will arrange for an approved energy specialist to visit your small business. During this visit, the specialist will:
1)Talk with you about your priorities as a business owner as they relate to energy use,
2)Examine your energy bills to understand primary energy needs and identify any trends that stand out, and
3)Explore the building to inspect features that affect electricity use or gas consumption, such as HVAC systems, thermostats, water fixtures, lighting and controls, pumps and variable frequency drives, duct sealing, and insulation.
Through these three steps, the specialist will be able to develop a customized report with energy-saving measures that can provide greater efficiency and comfort at your business.
Should you choose to move forward with these measures, the Compact is here to help arrange and finance the upgrades. Small businesses can receive many of these features for free, including new lighting, aerators, showerheads, spray valves, and smart strips. For owner-occupied buildings, Cape Light Compact will cover up to 80% of costs for additional measures. To qualify, the building must have an active electric account, be located within the Compact’s territory, and have an annual energy use of less than 1,500,000 kWh.
For buildings that are instead occupied by tenants, there are similar resources available. Tenants with an annual energy consumption of 1,500,000 kWh or less can participate in the Small Business Energy Assessment Program, through which they will also have an opportunity to receive up to 80% of the costs of eligible energy-efficiency upgrades. Tenants with an annual usage of 30,000 kWh of less may be eligible for an enhanced incentive: having up to 95% of costs covered. Before enrolling in the Compact’s program, tenants should examine their lease to determine whether the owner needs to be involved.
Once you have agreed on the energy efficiency measures you wish to have installed, the Compact’s vendor will schedule a time to perform the installation. To learn more about this process, check out our Business Energy Assessments webpage, along with our Frequently Asked Questions.
Want an even closer look at what the business energy assessment entails? Check out this video featuring Jen Villa, owner of Little Beach Gallery, part of the Love Local Collective in Hyannis. Through the free energy assessment, Jen was able to make upgrades that enhanced safety, increased comfort, and lowered operational costs at her small business.
This year, the Compact hopes you join businesses like Little Beach Gallery by participating in our small business energy assessment program. Just call 1-800-797-6699 and we’d be happy to help jumpstart your savings.