Manage Your Commercial Energy Usage
Save Money and Energy
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 charges and investing in energy-efficiency
Learn more about Rates and Bill Components
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 — 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 (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 by dividing actual
energy usage in kWh by the amount of kWh usage that would have occurred if the maximum demand had been sustained
for the entire billing period (maximum demand in kW x number of hours in the billing period). Facilities
billed at highest peak demand during the billing period should avoid periods of increased demand whenever
Learn more about Load Factor (pdf)
Energy Profiler Online — Energy Profiler Online is Austin Energy's affordable and easy-to-use
online metering technology. You can use Energy Profiler Online to monitor your company’s energy use and to help
identify opportunities to save energy and money.
Learn more about Energy Profiler Online
Commercial Demand Response — Commercial Demand Response is a voluntary program for demand
rate commercial customers who can reduce their energy use during peak demand periods. Participants may be eligible
to earn money based on how much energy they save.
Learn more about Commercial Demand Response
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