Energy Management Resources for Small Business
Small Business COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program
The Government of Ontario has pulled together $8 million to support small businesses that are struggling to pay their energy bills. The Ontario Energy Board has created the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB). The program provide a one-time, on bill credit for electricity and natural gas accounts that have outstanding payments as of March 17, 2020.
Applications for this program are now open through Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas. Enbridge has provided a number to call to both check eligibility and to apply. That number is 1-877-362-7434.
Toronto Hydro is also accepting applications online at https://www.torontohydro.com/covid-19
For businesses that are billed by a 3rd party or unit sub-meter providers they will need to reach out to them directly.
LED Interior Upgrades Program: Receive up to $2,000
Don’t miss out on your chance to receive up to $2,000 in free LED interior lighting upgrades to your business. LED lighting upgrades can save you up to 20% on your electricity costs.
The Small Business Lighting Program “Save ON Energy” offers $2000 in free lighting upgrades. free assessment, help with grants and lining up installers – see list of types of business, e.g. convenience stores, barbershops and salons, restaurants and coffee shops, small retail among others.
Eligibility: Fewer than 50 employees on site at any given point. Cannot have already participated in this program since 2016. But you can, if you participated previous to 2016.
Please contact TABIA Energy Advisor, Nick Brown. He will connect you with a program representative who will schedule a free lighting assessment to determine what lighting upgrades you are eligible for. Or, you can share this with your property owner.
This program ends in December so don’t miss this amazing opportunity to conserve energy and save money!
Low and No cost ways to save on your energy bills
Our TABIA Energy Advisor, Nick Brown hosted two webinars “Behaviour that saves: Low and No cost ways to save on your energy bills.”
The first webinar covered ways that buildings can control their HVAC and lighting systems, improve their shutdown procedures and alternate their operational behaviours with little to no cost, resulting in energy cost savings on their electricity and natural gas bills.
Two programs that support low and no cost energy savings:
- Small Business Lighting Program (mentioned above) provided by the IESO
- Enbridge’s RunItRight program
The second webinar covered programs that support energy efficiency:
- Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) for residential retrofits
- Enbridge Gas 2020 Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs
- Energy Manager Program for Small and Medium Businesses
by Independent Electricity System Operator (IESCO)