Local Businesses to Reap Savings Thanks to State’s Energy Efficiency Program

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Office of Energy Efficient Businesses offers free assessments to help business owners cut utility costs and reduce energy consumption.

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OEEB will begin visiting businesses in Windham starting April 30. This is a free service to businesses that can help them be more competitive.-- Windham Mayor Ernie Eldridge

The Connecticut Office of Energy Efficient Businesses (OEEB) is coming to Windham. OEEB is a state energy efficiency program designed to provide direct outreach to small businesses.

OEEB’s engineers and analysts will meet with businesses to identify energy cost savings from energy efficiency work, energy procurement, fuel switching, and use of renewables. OEEB will also be able to provide education on billing, use of suppliers, financing and referrals for funding.

OEEB provides services to local businesses and communities through door-to-door outreach. “We are approaching small to medium-sized businesses and industrial facilities to provide guidance and information that support intelligent business decisions,” said Joel M. Rinebold, director of energy initiatives for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), which oversees OEEB.

According to Rinebold, some of the work may be referred to utility programs that have funding and incentives. “Many of these smaller businesses do not have the resources to identify and take advantage of all the energy efficiency programs the state offers to reduce energy consumption and, ultimately, save money. This is where our door to door direct outreach can help businesses,” he commented.

Included in an assessment, OEEB examines a business owner’s energy bills to determine whether their business can obtain a more favorable rate for natural gas and/or electric generation service, analyzes fuel switching opportunities, and identifies financially attractive renewable energy technologies.

Windham’s Mayor’s Office and Town Council endorse the Energy Efficient Business Program to help businesses cut their energy and operating costs. “OEEB will begin visiting businesses in Windham starting April 30. “This is a free service to businesses that can help them be more competitive,” stated Mayor Ernie Eldridge. “We urge all businesses in Windham to participate in this effort.”

Businesses eligible for this state-funded program range from small grocery and retail stores, barber shops, and beauty salons to restaurants and small offices. OEEB’s services can help small business owners see savings in their energy usage and bills typically within a one to five-year time frame, which helps boost overall profits.

Business owners can contact OEEB to schedule an assessment at 860-291-8832 or oeeb(at)ccat(dot)us. OEEB also has web sites in English and Spanish. Business owners and homeowners looking to reduce their energy costs can check out http://www.energizeCT.com or call 1-877-WISE USE.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a unique economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., leads partnerships between industry, academia and government, creating a collaborative framework for tackling today’s economic challenges. CCAT combines expertise in cutting-edge manufacturing and information technology with specialized centers of excellence in education and workforce development and alternative energy solutions to help organizations increase efficiencies, compete and succeed.

Funded by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the OEEB program is administered by CCAT.

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