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 small business owner’s pocket so he or she 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 small business members make changes that are good for buildings, good for business, and good for the planet. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Initiative works in partnership with a growing number of organizations across the country, including the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in Traverse City, Mich., the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Small Business Association of Michigan,  as well as the Great Plains Institute and Lake Street Council in Minneapolis, Minn.

Smart Energy Efficiency Strategies that Work for You

With the leadership of its partners, the Initiative offers the following:

  • Free building energy audits
  • Education on energy management best practices and case studies
  • Technical guidance for energy efficiency financing solutions and local utility offerings
  • One-on-one consulting for adding energy efficiency and sustainability to a lease
  • Additional energy efficiency-related education opportunities and technical guidance

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.

Want to get involved or learn more from chambers and associations that have successfully launched their own energy programs? Visit our extensive Resource Library for a sample of resources currently available under the Initiative and be sure to download our comprehensive Small Business Energy Initiative Action Guide (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD).

Interested in becoming a part of this growing effort that will give your organization added resources, technical guidance, to position your organization as an energy leader within the small business community? Contact IMT’s Alexandra Harry at alex.harry@imt.org.




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