In 2016, reports showed that businesses were responsible for 36 percent of the country’s electricity consumption.
This isn’t new information either. At this point, most of us know that commercial energy efficiency is a key part of worldwide efforts to go green. Not only that, but it can also save your business money in the long run.
However, oftentimes getting started with energy efficiency projects can be the toughest part of going green. You could be looking at a significant investment into the project before you start to see any returns.
If you’re based in Massachusetts, you’re in luck. Massachusetts is rated the #1 state in the US for energy efficiency. This is largely due to all of the incentives and energy rebates Massachusetts offers to businesses and residences alike.
Let’s look at some ways you can save money on commercial electrical technologies with Mass save rebates, incentives, and more.
Commonwealth Electrical Technologies – Free Energy Audit
Energy efficiency projects are one of our specialties at Commonwealth Electric.
We understand that businesses can benefit from energy savings. But we also understand that improving commercial energy efficiency is a complex task.
That’s why we offer free energy audits. Our professionals will come to your business or facility and examine all of the electric and power elements. From this analysis, we’ll give you our professional energy efficiency recommendations… all free of charge.
You can contact us to set up your free energy audit today.
Mass Save Rebates & Incentives
Massachusetts-based businesses have the advantage of living in a state that offers some of the best energy rebates around via Mass Save rebates.
What is Mass Save?
Mass Save is a collective of local energy and gas providers. These providers have come together to offer energy rebates Massachusetts businesses need to go green.
The collective includes:
- Berkshire Gas
- Blackstone Gas Company
- Cape Light Compact
- Columbia Gas
- Liberty Utilities
- National Grid
Each specific rebate or incentive program does have certain qualifications you’ll need in order to be eligible for that program.
Mass Save: Small Businesses
One of their most popular rebates is the Energy Saving Solutions for Small Businesses rebate program has one of the qualified vendors from Mass Save evaluate your specific business.
In order to qualify for this program, your small businesses must:
- Use less than 1.5 million kWh in annual electric usage, or
- Use less than 40,000 therms annually on natural gas bills
After you qualify and have an energy evaluation, you’ll get a specific proposal detailing the energy recommendations. The sponsors of the program then pledge to pay up to 70 percent of the costs associated with the energy efficiency plan.
Mass Save: New Buildings
If you’re building a new facility or a building from the ground up, Mass Save has rebates specifically for you. Their new buildings and major renovations rebate/incentive are broken down into large (over 100,000 ft2) or small buildings (20,000 – 100,000 ft2).
You can read the details of these rebates and incentives here for large buildings and here for small buildings. Both include:
- Vendor & Sponsor Support
- Energy Analysis/Modeling
- Design, Equipment, & Installation Incentives
If you’re looking for rebates and incentives for apartment complexes, Mass Save rebates have options for that too.
Mass Save: Equipment Rebates
Almost all projects and buildings, including buildings smaller than 20,000 ft2, are eligible for electrical technologies and equipment incentives & rebates.
There are rebates for brand new equipment, replacing very old equipment, and upgrading equipment to more energy efficient versions. This helps businesses with any energy budget.
Even if you can’t afford to buy brand new equipment, chances are you can upgrade a few things. Taking advantage of rebates make it even more affordable.
It’s the same idea with end-of-life equipment replacement. You’re going to have to replace the equipment anyway. So, you might as well make it energy efficient options and use incentives to save money.
You can view all of the Mass Save energy rebates that are available here.
Other Energy Rebates in Massachusetts
Besides the Mass Save website, another great resource for energy rebates in Massachusetts is the state’s official website. On that website, they break down incentives and rebates into various categories, including:
- Commercial buildings
- State-owned facilities
- And More
One great tool they offer is called the Commonwealth Energy Tool for Savings (energyCENTS). This tool essential helps you find rebates and incentives that apply to your specific situation, industry, or business in an easy and understandable way.
Ready to Save?
While this list is far from comprehensive, it’s clear from the things we went over here that Massachusetts earned the title for #1 state for energy efficiency in the nation.
We hope this simple guide helped you to understand your energy rebate options a little bit better.
Commonwealth Electrical Technologies fully understands the energy rebates Massachusetts offers and we have a comprehensive understanding of Mass Save rebates.
We will help you design your commercial energy efficiency project and give you all the information you need to take advantage of Massachusetts’ amazing rebate options.
Contact us today to set up your free energy audit and to get started planning your next project. We’re also happy to answer any questions you have.