Small Business Energy Initiative
If you own or work for a small business, it’s important to factor energy efficiency into your everyday operations. Why? Because energy is a top cost, often ranking behind only labor and rent as a portion of annual expenses.
Energy efficiency puts money back into a business owner’s pocket so they can redirect funds to where they are needed most. Today’s small businesses have the ability to immediately take smart and cost-effective steps to lower utility bills by 30 percent or more—without sacrificing service, quality, style, or comfort. IMT helps unleash this building efficiency potential through its Small Business Energy Initiative.
Built upon a two-year foundational partnership between Northeast Ohio’s Greater Cleveland Partnership/Council of Smaller Enterprises (GCP/COSE) and IMT, the Small Business Energy Initiative arms local chambers of commerce and similar small business organizations with the necessary tools, knowledge, and guidance to help their members and communities make changes that are good for buildings, good for business, and good for the environment. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Initiative works in collaboration with a growing number of partner organizations across the country, including:
- Small Business Association of Michigan, Lansing, Mich. (statewide service)
- Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce,Traverse City, Mich.
- Great Plains Institute and Lake Street Council, Minneapolis, Minn.
- St. Louis Development Corporation, St. Louis, Mo.
- Alamance Chamber of Commerce, Alamance County, N.C.
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Durham, N.C.
Smart Energy Efficiency Strategies that Work for You
With the leadership of its regional partners, the Small Business Energy Initiative offers the following support to participating businesses:
- Free building energy audits to identify cost-effective savings opportunities
- Education on energy management best practices and technology
- Guidance on energy efficiency financing solutions and local utility offerings
- One-on-one consulting for adding energy-saving language to a lease (green leasing) and other strategies to drive collaborative landlords-tenant action on sustainability
- Additional energy efficiency-related education opportunities and technical support
Let’s Talk Savings
Since its launch, the Initiative has identified $2.9 million in potential energy savings by providing small businesses with free energy audits, and has engaged more than 450 businesses in energy efficiency and sustainability activities to drive greater savings and performance. The lessons learned and resources developed for the Initiative are designed to create a robust and refined set of strategies and adaptable resources that any chamber or small business association can further use to deploy its own energy efficiency program.
Download the Small Business Energy Initiative Action Guide
Want to get involved or learn more from chambers and associations that have successfully launched their own energy programs? Download our comprehensive Small Business Energy Initiative Action Guide and visit our Resource Library for a sample of resources currently available under the Initiative.
Interested in becoming a part of this growing effort? Looking for more guidance on how to position your organization as an energy leader for your membership and within the small business community?