Energy Efficiency Improvements for Small Businesses

Did You Know...
Small businesses can typically save as much money and prevent as much pollution, per square foot, as large organizations.
(U.S. Department of Energy)
SWEPCO offers tailor-made solutions for small business owners with a peak demand less than or equal to 100 kW. You can save big without spending a dime with the Small Business Direct Install Program. If you are heating water with electricity, program technicians install NO COST electric and water saving measures based on your existing equipment.

The program provides:
  • Free, no-obligation facility assessment to identify potential energy saving opportunities
  • Recommendations and estimates of energy savings, project costs, and payback periods
  • Installation of approved energy saving equipment by a local pre-qualified contractor
  • Pre- and post-installation inspections at no cost
  • Incentives paid directly to your contractor by the program
  • Ongoing reduction in energy costs
The program offers NO COST installation of:
Low flow faucet aerators
Low flow aerators reduce water use in bathroom and hand washing stations by approximately 50 percent.
Vending economizers
This energy saving device installed on your machine will save you over $100 per year with no change to the temperature of the contents.
Low flow pre rinse spray valves
Pre rinse spray valves save up to $750 annually.
Weather Stripping & Door Sweeps
Increases occupant comfort and saves energy by reducing outside air infiltration into conditioned spaces.
In addition to no-cost options, the program also provides low-cost energy efficiency options for your facility. The Small Business Direct Install Program has additional options available to help significantly reduce your electric bill. Qualified contractors are on hand to help you decide which energy saving opportunities work best for you.

Eligible Projects

Typical measures include indoor and outdoor lighting. The Program pays a high percentage of the project cost. Incentives, actual savings, and payback periods vary depending on the equipment installed, building characteristics, energy use patterns, age of existing equipment, location, and other parameters specific to your project.

Energy efficiency upgrades include:
  • T12 to T8 lighting retrofits*
  • LED lighting upgrades**
  • Occupancy sensor installations
  • LED exit sign retrofits
  • Anti-sweat heater controls for refrigerator doors
  • Faucet aerators and pre-rinse spray valves
  • HVAC Tune-up
*T8 system retrofits must meet the CEE specifications for High Performance or Reduced Wattage systems to be eligible for incentives.
**LED retrofits must be DLC approved or ENERGY STAR® labeled.

Program Details

SWEPCO'S Small Business Direct Install Program provides incentives for eligible energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting, refrigeration and more. The incentive of $0.16 per kWh saved covers up to 90% of the project cost.

Direct install faucet aerators and pre-rinse spray valves with electric water heating, plus vending machine controls, door sweeps, and weather stripping are provided at NO COST.

Qualified contractors are available to provide free energy assessments and identify, develop and implement energy efficiency projects.

Program Eligibility

No cost installation and incentives are available for small business owners with a peak demand less than or equal to 100 kW.

If you don't see an upgrade on the list that you are interested in, please contact an Energy Advisor to learn more about completing custom projects.


1. Contact an Energy Advisor

Energy Advisors are available to help recommend qualified contractors who are trained to identify potential projects or to review any pending project plans. Once you are ready to proceed with a project, an Energy Advisor or a qualified contractor can assist you with the project application process.

2. Walk Through Assessment

A participating contractor will schedule a no cost walk through assessment of your facility.

3. Installation

Upon your approval, the program's participating contractor will install savings measures.

4. Post Inspection

After measures are installed, the project will be post inspected via a desk review or an onsite inspection.

5. Payment

Once post inspection has been completed, payment to the qualified contractor will be initiated.


SBDI Brochures

SBDI Program Manual