Technical resources for small businesses

Use the resources below to implement energy-saving improvements in your building. And don’t forget! The money you save in operating costs adds to your bottom line, so saving on energy increases your profit. It’s a win for you and a win for the environment.

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This how-to guide is designed to help you take advantage of the benefits of energy efficiency. Whether you own your building or are a tenant, you need energy to stay in business. This guide can help you identify building equipment and systems that can be updated and maintained to save energy. We call it energy optimization. You’ll just call it smart business.



Image of "Save Energy, Save Money and Prevent Pollution with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Exit Signs."Save Energy, Money and Prevent Pollution with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Exit Signs
The high-energy usage and maintenance of many exit signs is completely unnecessary due to advances in lighting technology. Learn more about LED exits, their features, and how to identify your exit sign in the two-page tech sheet.




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Visit this website to find lists of ENERGY STAR certified products and a store locator to help you find certified products at a retailer near you. ENERGY STAR certified products are made by all major manufacturers and are available at stores everywhere.




For auto dealers

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This guide will help automobile dealers and their managers learn about opportunities to save energy and reduce utility costs. It’s intended to highlight energy-saving opportunities for dealerships to implement or discuss with energy-related service and product providers.




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If you’re a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), participate in its Energy Stewardship Initiative. Participants can take advantage of free resources from NADA and ENERGY STAR, including technical resource guides and materials, energy tracking tools and training, and recognition for your achievements.




For manufacturers

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Finding energy savings starts by making energy management a priority. Sustaining those savings and driving further reductions requires building energy management into your company’s culture. Read this guide to find out how ENERGY STAR can help you get started, regardless of the size of your company.





For restaurants

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Restaurants use about 5–7 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. High-volume quick-service restaurants (QSRs) may even use up to 10 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. As energy costs increase, investing in energy efficiency is the best way to protect your business against these rising prices. You can reduce your restaurant’s energy consumption by following the cost-saving tips outlined in this guide.



Image of "Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Restaurants."Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Restaurants
This two-page fact sheet outlines quick tips, energy-efficient equipment, and resources for saving energy in restaurants.




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Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment, as a package for new kitchen construction or as a replacement for aging equipment, can save significant amounts of money and energy on foodservice operators' electric, gas, water, and sewer bills. In fact, outfitting an entire kitchen with a suite of ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment could save operators about 340 mBtu/year annually, or the equivalent of approximately $3,100.



Image of "Look for the ENERGY STAR and Find Savings in Your Commercial Kitchen."Look for the ENERGY STAR and Find Savings in Your Commercial Kitchen
This two-page fact sheet outlines the types of commercial food service equipment that can earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR and potential annual savings. It also lists five easy steps to start saving energy and other ENERGY STAR certified equipment to consider.




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