35 WAYS TO HELP MEMBERS PROSPER FROM CLEAN ENERGY
There are many ways local chambers across the county have found to help their member businesses profit from energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. They include educating members about available incentives and financing opportunities; attracting new investments; celebrating success stories; supporting clean energy policies that advance forward-thinking business practices; and leading by example in ways that save chambers money, too. Learn about more than 30 of these strategies below.
Promote Financial Savings
PROMOTE FINANCIAL SAVINGS
1. Share Information on Incentives and Rebates
Share information about tax incentives, rebates, and grants available at local, state, and federal levels for clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives. Share this information with your members through your website, newsletter, or in-person workshops. Click here to see the database of state, local, utility and federal incentives for renewables and energy efficiency.
Who has already done it? The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Kansas
2. Encourage and Help Members Take Advantage of Existing Incentives
Once you’ve provided your members with information on available incentives and rebates, provide them with the tools and encouragement they need to take advantage of these incentives. Explain that they are likely already paying for clean energy and energy efficiency programs through a system benefits charge, a state-mandated charge added to electric bills to distribute the costs of these programs. And educate them about how exactly they can utilize these incentives, and the potential cost savings for their business.
Who has already done it? The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts
3. Provide Energy Efficiency Tools
Take advantage of existing tools. Many chambers are already connecting their members with energy efficiency experts, and developing free online tools their members can use to monitor their own energy use and identify areas for improvement, including in lighting, appliances, operations, and transportation.
Who has already done it? The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Missouri
4. Help Members Complete a Professional Energy Audit
Help your members take the first step toward long-term energy savings with a professional assessment of their energy use. Identify trusted professionals whom your members can easily connect with to perform an audit of their facilities and operations. Utilize chamber, grant, or utility funding to assist members in completing the audit.
Who has already done it? The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), small business partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Ohio and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado
5. Assist with Retrofits
Utilize grant or utility funding to provide assistance to members that want to implement efficiency improvements. Alternatively, provide member businesses that have already completed retrofits with retroactive funding, to offset some of their installation costs. Funding assistance with retrofits encourages energy awareness among businesses and customers, and helps build demand for local energy efficiency technology companies and service providers.
Who has already done it? The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), small business partner of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Ohio
6. Establish Vendor Relationships
Connect members with local vendors that offer clean energy products or services. Secure a reduced price in advance to benefit both members and vendors.
Who has already done it? The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado