Tips for Your Commercial Building

familyWhether you manage a business, an organization, or an institutional building like a library, school or government office, the guidelines below can help you save energy and money.

Energy Management Plan

Developing an energy management plan for your building will provide financial savings far into the future by using less energy. Use the following steps as a guide to create a plan that meets your needs.

  • Benchmark your facility: Benchmarking is a tool that quickly measures a property's energy efficiency and identifies ways to reduce costs on electricity bills. To get started today, register an account with ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager, and take a look at their Benchmarking Starter Kit.
  • Begin an energy management program.
  • Implement your energy plan by adopting energy saving practices, and upgrading to energy efficient equipment.
  • Measure results: Measurement and verification efforts validate and improve predictions of system efficiencies and energy use and cost, in addition to providing management and investors the information they need.

Tips, Rebates, and Incentives

If you haven't already, review your utility's energy efficiency webpages. Many utilities offer rebates and incentives to help you save, as well as tips by commercial building type. View examples of other businesses who have had success on PG&E's Tips & How-To's page.

Demand Response Programs

A Demand Response Program is a tool used by an electric utility to reduce energy consumption during an urgent energy situation, typically when there is not enough electricity to serve all customers.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issues a "Flex Alert" and requests utilities implement measures to reduce energy load. Utilities may use demand response programs to reduce consumption and avoid harmful impacts to the state's electric grid. Utilities often provide business and commercial customers with incentives to participate. Contact your electric utility to learn about its program and how you can participate.