Tips for your commercial building

familyWhether you manage a business, an organization, or an institutional building like a library, school, or government office, the guidelines below can help save energy and money.

Energy management plan

Developing an energy management plan for your building can save energy and money now and in the future. Follow these steps to create a plan that meets your needs.

  • Benchmark your facility: Benchmarking is a tool that quickly measures a property's energy efficiency and identifies ways to reduce costs on electricity bills. To get started today, register an account with ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager, and review their Benchmarking Starter Kit.
  • Begin an energy management program.
  • Implement your energy plan by adopting energy saving practices and upgrading to energy efficient equipment.
  • Measure results: Measurement and verification efforts validate and improve predictions of system efficiencies and energy use and cost, in addition to providing management and investors the information they need.

Utility programs

Visit your utility's energy efficiency webpages to learn about rebates and incentives to help you save energy and money.

Demand response programs

Electric utilities offer demand response programs to help consumers manage electricity consumption during an urgent energy situation, typically when there is not enough power to serve all customers.

When the California Independent System Operator (ISO) issues a Flex Alert and requests utilities to reduce energy load, the utilities may use its demand response program to reduce power use to avoid harmful impacts to the electric grid.

Utilities often provide business and commercial customer’s incentives to participate in demand response programs. Contact your electric utility to learn about their program, and how you can participate.