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Virtual Pre-Assessment: Small Business Energy Advantage

  • Building Controls/Energy Mgmt.
  • Drives, Refrig. Controls, Timers & ECMs
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)

A virtual pre-assessment for small businesses provides the same expertise and personal care as an in-person visit, except your contractor interacts with you remotely, by phone or video service.

Additional Details

During the virtual pre-assessment, your contractor will identify energy-saving opportunities in your business and then prepare a potential list of energy saving opportunities which includes simple, self-install measures such as LED light bulbs to replace old incandescent, or faucet aerators to help save money on your water heating cost.

The contractor will work with your utility to have the identified self-install measures shipped to your business for you to start saving energy and money right away. See the complete list of areas assessed with the Small Business Energy Advantage program below. Your contractor will schedule a follow-up, in-person visit for a future date to further identify deeper savings opportunities to be installed.

Call 877-WISE-USE for more information or use the Find a Contractor tool to connect with a utility partnered contractor.

With a no-cost virtual pre-assessment you may receive:

  • A virtual visit with a utility partnered contractor to identify opportunities to reduce your energy consumption.
  • A follow up Small Business Energy Advantage site visit at no cost.
  • Energy-saving products delivered to you at no cost.
  • Generous rebates and incentives on qualifying energy-efficient heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.
  • Attractive financing opportunities for eligible upgrades.




Lighting Systems Upgrades & Controls (including LEDs)

Air Sealing and Weatherization

Refrigeration Controls and Cooler Upgrades

Pipe Insulation

HVAC System Upgrades & Controls

Heating System Controls

Motor or Drive Controls

Steam Trap Maintenance

Compressed Air Systems

High-Efficiency Heating and Water Heating Equipment

Upgrades & Controls

Faucet Aerators

Custom Energy Efficiency Measures

Trickle Start Shower Heads


Custom Energy Efficiency Measures

Electric customers of Eversource or United Illuminating on a commercial rate with an annual usage at or below 250,000 kWh are eligible and:

  • Have the ability to self-install recommended instant saving products received (such as light bulbs).
  • Be comfortable working with a contractor over the phone and be able to use technology for video chat and/or to send photos of the business over email.
    • Your contractor will advise when your appointment is made which video chat apps will need to be downloaded to your smart phone or tablet.  Apps such as ZOOM, Facetime, or Google Duo are commonly used for the virtual pre-assessment.
  • Additional criteria may apply.


Call 877-WISE-USE for more information or use the Find a Contractor tool to connect with a utility partnered contractor.

Commercial Multifamily Properties

  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Rebates

Reduce energy and operating costs and make the multifamily property you own or manage more comfortable and environmentally friendly with the Multifamily Initiative.

Additional Details

This program provides customized solutions for multifamily buildings or complexes with five or more units, and includes:

  • Assistance with energy efficiency upgrade projects already planned
  • An assessment of your building's energy-saving opportunities
  • Resources to support in-depth assessment of a full range of strategies for further improvements including solar and other renewable energy, as well as health and safety measures
  • Incentives and financing for energy efficiency upgrades

Provide your contact information and any project information with this application. For energy efficiency projects, submit it to your electric utility company. For renewable energy and/or financing  projects only, submit your application to the Green Bank. If your application is for both energy efficiency and renewable energy or financing, submit it to both your electric utility and the Green Bank.

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

At this point, if you already have an energy efficiency or renewable energy project, additionally submit any project proposal(s) and a completed Project Form to your electric utility company (for energy efficiency projects) and to the Connecticut Green Bank (for projects including renewable energy and/or financing). After we’ve helped you address this proposal, if you’d like to evaluate your property in a more holistic way, follow the steps below.

Need help designing your project?

Once you’ve completed Step 1 above, a utility or Green Bank representative (as appropriate) will contact you. A professional consultant or in-house representative is available to visit your property to identify the cost-effective energy improvement opportunities that make the most sense for your property. Technical and financial assistance is available through the Multifamily Initiative for a wide variety of design and predevelopment tasks, including: 

Potential Measures Assessed Technical & Financial Assistance Available
  • Air sealing
  • Domestic hot water saving measures
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • High-efficiency heating, ventilation or air conditioning
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances
  • High-efficiency water heating systems
  • Energy saving control strategies on building equipment
  • Solar PV and other renewable energy systems
  • Energy benchmarking
  • Green design and charrettes
  • Assessment of capital improvements 
    (including green physical needs assessments (PNAs))
  • Assessments of energy-related health and safety issues
  • Designing, engineering, and bidding work
  • Predevelopment loans
  • Financial packaging

Using the recommendations from the energy assessment and any technical assistance you select, design and price a comprehensive project that will maximize your energy savings, as well as the incentives and financing you will receive.

If your project qualifies based on your submitted proposals, plans, specifications, and pricing, you will receive a commitment of incentive dollars and, if requested, an offer for financing the balance of the project cost. You can also provide your own financing or explore one of these sources. After construction and required inspections are complete, incentives are paid.

It is recommended that owners track utility use and verify that equipment is working properly during the warranty period and beyond.

Existing properties of five or more residential units may be eligible for the Multifamily Initiative. 

The following types of properties are eligible:

  • Apartment buildings and complexes
  • Condominiums and co-operatives
  • Congregate and senior housing
  • Mixed-use residential and commercial properties

Questions? Contact your utility or the Connecticut Green Bank using a link below:

Eversource     UI     Connecticut Green Bank

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. The Connecticut Green Bank provides renewable energy programs and financing to all Connecticut municipalities


Business Sustainability Commitment

  • Carbon Footprint/Waste Stream Analyses
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Manufacturing Process Improvements
  • Sustainability
  • Training

Tackle common business issues like utility costs, waste, and employee engagement in the context of sustainability and energy efficiency. Become competitive and resilient by following recommended action steps that are accessible, achievable, and profitable.

Additional Details

Engaging in the Business Sustainability Challenge is an important step towards your organization's transformation to continued efficiency and sustainability. Training and education provide opportunities to improve your strategic energy management practices and investments while meeting your long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability objectives.

As a participating business, you will set conservation goals and receive information and tools to identify opportunities to better manage your energy use, water use, supply chain, waste streams and transportation.

We help you realize sustained benefits through:

  • Training and sustainability education
  • Continuous operational improvement
  • Strategy development
  • Systemic behavioral change

Developing a strategy to address these opportunities helps to reduce energy costs, lower your environmental impact and increase productivity and competitiveness. These benefits improve your organization’s social, environmental and economic performance, leading to greater value for stakeholders, employees and customers.

We offer incentives and education to empower your business, to improve its triple bottom line and to enhance its standing as a good corporate citizen.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Steps to Take Smart Energy Action

Step 1 -

Getting started is easy. Just contact your utility account executive or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873).

To find your account executive, click the link to your utility below:

Eversource     UI

Step 2

We will work with you to create a plan, develop a timeline and implement your new strategy. Depending on your needs, the program may incorporate other energy efficiency programs, as well as external programs and tools.

The process follows these steps, borrowed from ENERGY STAR®:

  • Make a commitment
  • Assess performance and set goals
  • Create a plan
  • Implement the plan
  • Evaluate the plan’s progress
  • Recognize achievements
  • Reassess the process

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

All commercial, industrial and municipal customers of Eversource and UI can participate. For natural gas measures, the company must be a firm customer of CNG, SCG or Eversource.

Starting the process is easy. Just contact your utility account executive or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873).

Click the link to your utility below:

Eversource       UI 

If you are a Connecticut business and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your utility’s website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you. Please click here for information on how to contact your municipal utility.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

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