For Your Business

Increasing your company’s energy efficiency helps you save money and protect our natural resources. TVA helps businesses become more energy efficient by providing assessments of energy use and incentives for qualifying businesses that can reduce their electricity usage everywhere.

WHY ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS A SMART IDEA

  • Reduces emissions to protect the environment
  • Reduces O&M demands and downtime
  • Demonstrates environmental leadership
  • Get cash incentives to reduce costs

When qualifying businesses make an investment in energy savings through the EnergyRight Solutions for Business Program, they may qualify for an incentive payment that will help offset some of their investment costs. These incentives are available for those projects that help reduce TVA’s power demand.

OVERVIEW OF INCENTIVES

WHAT TYPES OF BUSINESS CAN PARTICIPATE?
Commercial businesses that are served by a participating power company and have an electric energy efficiency project may be able to participate.

WHAT TYPES OF INCENTIVES ARE AVAILABLE?
Financial assistance is available to help you make the transition to a more energy efficient facility. Two types of financial assistance, Standard Rebates and Custom Incentives , are available to help reduce your project costs and accelerate your payback. These rebates and incentives are offered through participating local power companies in partnership with TVA.

TVA offers a lump-sum incentive amount of $0.10 per kWh on first-year savings or 70 percent of project cost, whichever is less, for the implementation of approved energy efficiency projects that result in energy savings. Incentives are based on post-measurement results.

HOW CAN BUSINESSES FIND OUT IF THEY QUALIFY FOR EFFICIENCY INCENTIVES?

Follow these simple steps:

  • Contact your local power company to find out if it participates in the EnergyRight Solutions incentive program. If so, the distributor can provide more information on program details, the process for subscribing and whether your business qualifies for the efficiency incentive.
  • See How to Get Started.

LIGHTING

TIP OF THE WEEK: Switch to LED exit lighting instead of incandescent or fluorescent.

Lighting accounts for the largest portion of a commercial building’s electricity bill and a significant portion of the total energy bill. Lighting consumes close to 35 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the United States. It affects other building systems through its use of electricity and its production of waste heat.

An efficient system of lighting sources, fixtures and controls can reduce energy use, give businesses more flexibility in the sizing of HVAC and electrical systems, and may even improve worker productivity.

WASTE HEAT

Lighting systems produce large amounts of heat as well as light. Lighting uses about 18 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S., and another 4 to 5 percent goes to remove the waste heat generated by those lights.

Energy-efficient lighting adds less heat to a space per unit of light output than inefficient lighting. With good design, lighting energy use in most buildings can be cut at least in half while maintaining or improving lighting quality. Such designs typically pay for themselves in energy savings alone within a few years.

By reducing waste heat, efficient lighting also reduces a building’s cooling requirements. Consequently, the existing cooling system may be able to serve future added loads.

ELECTRONIC BALLAST
Electronic ballast, based on an entirely different technology than electromagnetic ballast, starts and regulates fluorescent lamps with electronic components rather than the traditional core and coil assembly. Because electronic ballasts function at a high frequency, the fluorescent lighting systems they operate can convert power to light more efficiently. Electronic ballasts can produce about 10 percent more light from standard fluorescent lamps using the same amount of power as electromagnetic ballasts.