Thousands of Small Business Owners Enroll in NYSEG and RG&E Program to Save on Energy Bills

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Funding is still available for small businesses to participate.

Since May 2010, NYSEG and RG&E have been offering the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program to eligible small business owners across their service areas. This direct installation lighting program, offered to commercial customers with demand under 100 kilowatts (kw), provides a free lighting assessment and a 70% contribution of eligible upgrade costs from the utility.

In the last 18 months, NYSEG and RG&E have achieved significant market saturation for the program, with the implementation contractor, EnerPath, enrolling more than 9,200 small businesses. The owners of those businesses are saving a collective 89.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and $8.1 million on their electricity bills annually.

With the New York State Efficiency Portfolio Standard mandating a 15% energy reduction by 2015, utilities are turning to Small Business Direct Install Programs as an effective way to achieve those goals. Small business owners are reaping the rewards of enrolling in these programs by receiving the improved lighting at a reduced cost, and lower energy bills after installment.

MyTee Undercare in Rochester is one of the RG&E customers benefiting from the program. The manager of the auto repair shop, Dennis Williams, heard about the offer from another business. “Once we saw the lights installed in another business and heard about the program, it was a no-brainer for us to enroll,” Williams said. The shop will save $700 annually on electricity bills, but Williams is so thrilled with the brighter, cleaner lighting that he says the savings are secondary.

In Monticello, Les Kristt and Gene Kelly, partners in Kristt Kelly Office Systems Corp., had been talking for a while about updating the lighting in their 20,000-square-foot facility. They knew they had a large amount of fluorescent lighting that needed to be replaced, but they also knew it was going to be expensive. So when a business colleague mentioned the Small Business Energy Efficiency Program, they called for an assessment. After seeing the projected savings, the partners knew they had to take advantage of the program. For these business owners, the installation process was a big concern. “We thought the installation on our large facility would take weeks, but it only took a few days. It was seamless. I wouldn’t have known the installers were there, except it kept getting brighter in different areas of the building,” Kristt said.

There is still time for businesses under 100 kw to enroll in this money-saving program. To learn more please call 1-877-359-9814 or log onto or and click on “energy efficiency incentives.”

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