business resources

Commercial Energy Benchmarking Tool

This easy-to-use small business calculator can help determine the value of energy efficiency measures.


Dominion Commercial Energy Audit Rebates

Dominion Commercial Duct Testing and Sealing Rebate

Dominion Lighting Systems and Controls Rebate

Dominion Heating and Cooling Efficiency Rebate

Dominion Window Film Rebate

Dominion Distributed Generation Rebate


Charlottesville Clean Energy Commercial Loan Program

Energy Star Overview of Commercial Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Cash Flow Opportunities Spreadsheet – This tool helps decision-makers quantify the costs of delaying an energy efficiency project by addressing threee critical questions:

1. How much new energy efficiency equipment can be purchased from the anticipated savings?

2. Should the equipment pruchase be financed now or is it better to wait and use cash from a future budget?

3. Is money being lost by waiting for a lower interest rate?

ENERGY STAR’s Building Upgrade Value Calculator

Energy Efficiency and Real Estate: Opportunities for Investors

9a VA PACE Admin Framework Appendix A State PACE Matrix

Sure Energy Savers

Low to No-Cost Office Energy Efficiency Measures

Carbon War Room’s Improving Building Performance, Reduce Energy Consumption by 20% with Little or No Cost: A Guide to Energy Efficiency Technologies, June 2012

Energy Star Portfolio Manager

1 Getting to Yes for Energy Efficiency Guide – Grant Team Format Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 3.17.05 PM

Plug Load Management

Annual Average Plug Loads for Common Office Items
Offices: Plug and Process Load Energy Reduction, Office Worksheet
Retail: Plug and Process Load Energy Reduction, Retail Worksheet
Commercial Office Plug Load Savings Assessment
Plug Loads management Best Practices
Commercial Plug Loads; How much do they use, and how much can you save

Energy Star Thermostat Recommendations

Heating, cooling, and ventilation comprise about 30 percent of a typical commercial building’s electricity usage. Your leased space provides several no- and low-cost opportunities to increase efficiency:

If you can control the temperatures in your space, use a programmable thermostat to automatically set temperatures back by at least 10 degrees after-hours, on the weekends, and in unoccupied space.

Adjust temperature settings seasonally – for example, 74 degrees in the cooling season and 68 degrees in the heating season.

Encourage employees to close window blinds during hot weather to reduce solar heat gain, and to leave blinds open in the winter to benefit from the sun’s warmth.

Prohibit space heaters and portable fans, which often counteract the HVAC system’s efforts to maintain comfortable space temperatures.

Clear the areas near vents of furniture, file cabinets, and stacks of paper. Blocked vents make ventilation systems work harder and waste energy.

Thermal Comfort Survey

EPA EnergyStar’s Online Payback Calculator  for LED Exit Signs.  Note – The current minimum federal efficiency standard requires that all exit signs manufactured on or after January 1, 2006 must have an input power demand of 5 watts or less per face. LED exit signs and retrofit kits vary widely in price, material and style from about $20 to over $200. Payback period depends on which LED model is purchased and what it replaces. EnergyStar calculated that LED exit signs use about 44 kWh annually versus Fluorescent/CFL at 140 kWh and Incandescent at 350 kWh. That’s approximately a 70% and 87% decrease in energy use respectively!

Lighting Retrofits.  Replacing lights with more energy efficient models (for example, T12 with T8, CFL, or LED) can have significant savings and ROI. Check out this article for more information.

Retrocommissioning, or taking stock of all equipment and getting it to run optimally, is typically priced on a per/sf basis. The cost varies from $0.10 – $1.00 per/sf.

“Getting the Yes” Case Studies: FINAL Harford County Schools Case Study; 2c Getting to Yes FINAL Anne Arundel Medial Center CaseStudy ; Getting to Yes FINAL Westminster Case Study

Business case for energy efficiency in public schools:  Business Case – Public School EE (Final)

6 Policy Brief – Overview Barriers and Strategies (Final)

7 Resource – Commercial Building EE Training Centers (Final)

8a Building Benchmarking Fact Sheet – Grant Team format

Green Leasing

Aligning Energy Efficiency Incentives for Tenants and Building Owners

A Model Energy Aligned Lease Provision.

Green Leasing Fact Sheet – Grant Team Format [pdf]

Energy Performance Guides and Model Templates

5a Template (BOMA – CCI) IGA Contract

5b Template (BOMA – CCI) ESCO RFQ-RFP

5c Template (BOMA) ESPC

5d Template (MD DGS) – ESCO RFP

5e Template Energy Services RFP

5f Template IGA RFQ

5g Template Umbrella Prequalifications


Local Resources CEVA

City Web site

County Web Site

UVA web site

Better Business Challenge

Charlottesville Clean Energy Loan Program


Local Resources NOVA

The Loudon County Green Business Challenge – The Green Business Challenge is a friendly points-based competition that challenges your business to reach for more efficient and sustainable practices in their operations.  Joining the Challenge can benefit the environment and local community, while helping you improve your bottom line.

Arlington Green Games – The Green Games is a friendly competition for residents and businesses to reduce costs while reducing their emissions. The year-long competition puts individuals and businesses in the race for the gold.  The highly interactive program incorporates trainings, best practices, and technical assistance  along the way.