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There are many ways in which you can manage and lower the energy usage for your commercial facility. Doing so can help lower your energy costs.

  • Electric Rates and Bill Components — Understanding your rates and the electric bill components helps you make decisions about lowering your demand charge and investing in energy-efficiency improvements.

    Learn more about Rates and Bill Components (pdf)
     
  • Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives — Whether your business is large or small, Austin Energy has dozens of rebates and incentives to help you make smart energy choices and save money.

    Learn more about Austin Energy’s Rebates and Incentives
     
  • Demand Charge and Demand Metering — Demand is the maximum flow of power used at any one time by a customer and is measured in kilowatts (kW) by an electric demand meter. The highest level of electric demand during a billing month is called the peak demand. Demand charges can be a significant part of a business’ utility bill.
     
  • Learn more about Demand Charge and Demand Meters (pdf)
     
  • Load Factor — Load factor is a measure of your efficiency in electricity use.  Customers whose facilities are metered for demand can readily determine the load factor for any given month. Facilities billed at highest peak demand during the billing period should avoid periods of increased demand whenever possible.

    Learn more about Load Factor (pdf)
     
  • Load Profiler — Load Profiler is Austin Energy's affordable and easy-to-use online metering technology. You can use Load Profiler to monitor your company’s energy use and to help identify opportunities to save energy and money.

    Learn more about Load Profiler
     
  • Load Cooperative — Load Cooperative is a voluntary program for demand rate commercial customers who can reduce their energy use during peak demand periods. Load Co-Op volunteers may be eligible to earn money based on how much energy they save.

    Learn more about Load Cooperative
     
  • Heating and Cooling Degree Days — Heating and cooling degree days are measurements that relate each day’s temperatures to the energy needed to heat or cool buildings. Knowing about degree days can help you better understand your electric bill.

    Learn more about Heating and Cooling Degree Days (pdf)
     
  • Energy Efficiency for Houses of Worship — Austin Energy understands that high electric bills can be challenging for our local houses of worship — especially during our hot Austin summers. We offer several options, such as Free Energy Assessments, Small Business Lighting incentives, and Load Profiler to help offset the costs of cooling and heating your worship facilities.

    Learn more about energy efficiency opportunities for houses of worship

Last Updated: 11/29/17

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