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Small Business

Small businesses rely on energy to provide comfortable and welcoming spaces.

Discover new ways managing energy can increase profitability and employee and customer satisfaction.

How You Benefit

  • Increase profitability through long-term reductions in energy costs
  • Create comfortable and productive environments for your employees and customers
  • Enhance your brand reputation as a community sustainability leader
  • Attract employees and customers seeking sustainability-minded businesses
  • Reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner and healthier community

Key Energy Saving Opportunities

1. High-Efficiency Lighting Design

Upgrading to energy-efficient lighting is an easy, low-cost, and impactful way to save energy for a small business. In comparison to conventional lighting options, high-efficiency lighting uses less energy, costs less to operate, and can last much longer than traditional options—up to 25 years. Consider also using daylighting to bring more natural light into your space, creating an inviting and comfortable environment.

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2. Building Envelope Upgrades

Building envelope improvements, such as increasing insulation or weatherstripping windows, can be a low-cost, effective way to improve the comfort of your building. Making improvements helps to both regulate your indoor temperature control and air quality and protect against drafts and condensation. These upgrades also help ensure your heating and cooling systems are performing optimally, saving you energy and money.

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3. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Upgrades

Heating and cooling is often the largest expense for small businesses. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to high-efficiency HVAC systems, you can improve your business’s energy performance. If your system is more than 10 years old or is not working effectively, consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model or technology, such as a cold-climate heat pump. Newer systems can improve employee and customer comfort with better climate and temperature control.

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4. Solar

With the cost of solar power rapidly declining, solar is a smart business decision for small businesses. You can capitalize on financial opportunities to either install solar at your business or participate in a community solar project—a collective array of panels installed in an off-site location, allowing you to access benefits from solar. Through solar, you can both lower your operating costs through reduced electricity bills and contribute to a cleaner, healthier community.

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5. Clean Heating and Cooling

Clean heating and cooling systems, including air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, and heat pump water heaters, make it possible for businesses to keep employees comfortable year-round, save energy, and reduce their carbon footprint. Heat pumps work by drawing heat from the environment and moving it indoors to heat or moving it outdoors to cool buildings. Compared to fossil fuel equipment, heat pumps have a longer lifespan and enable greater temperature customization and control for different zones throughout a building.

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NYSERDA Programs and Resources

Federal Programs and Resources

  • Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) - explore IRA tax credits to save on solar, electric vehicles, energy storage, and energy efficiency improvements for your small business.

Utility Programs and Resources

For a full list of programs, visit our energy programs and incentives page.

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