Small Business Energy Solutions FAQs

1. Am I eligible?

The Small Business Energy Solutions program is available to BGE business customers on rate schedule G or GS, who have monthly billing demands of less than 60 kilowatts (kW). To determine your rate schedule, look under the "Electric Details" section of your BGE distribution bill.

2. How do I participate?

  • Make the call. Get started by calling one of BGE's participating contractors , who will visit your facility and conduct a detailed energy assessment. It's included as part of your BGE service, so there's no additional cost to you.
  • Review recommendations. Receive a comprehensive lighting and/or refrigeration controls evaluation with recommendations noting the costs, incentives and payback period.
  • Make the upgrades. Have your participating contractor install the recommended measures. Remember to ask if you're eligible for our Small Business Energy Advance option.
  • Enjoy the savings. Watch your energy and maintenance cost savings accumulate over the lifetime of the installed products, leading to substantial long-term savings.

3. Do I have to use a specific contractor, or can I find my own?

To participate, customers must use one of the designated contractors for their geographic location:

4. How will my business benefit?

  • Substantially reduced energy costs
  • Savings up to 70% on the cost of energy efficiency measures
  • Return on your investment in as little as a year
  • Increased employee morale and productivity
  • Improved customer experiences
  • Enhanced image as an energy-efficient business and environmental steward

5. What type of upgrades are available?

  • Lighting Measures: Upgrade to high-performance fixtures and high-efficiency LED, CFL and fluorescent lighting. Replace exit signs with LED units. Install occupancy sensors and lighting controls.
  • Refrigeration Measures: Install high-efficiency electronically regulated fan motors and controllers. Replace reach-in cooler lights with energy-efficient LEDs. Install vending machine controls.
  • Water Heating Measures: Upgrade electric water heating, including pre-rinse spray valves, pipe insulation, tank wraps and efficient-flow faucet aerators.
  • Additional Measures: Save up to 50% on other measures, such as commercial kitchen, appliance, plug load and HVAC equipment replacement and HVAC tune-ups.

6. What is the average amount businesses save?

Average Savings Example
Total Project Cost: $4,955
Incentives Paid (Up to 70%): $3,468
Cost to Customer $1,487
Energy Savings: 12,313 kWh/year
Lifetime Savings: $19,301
Payback Period: < 1 year
Annual Energy Savings: $1,755