Small Business Incentives

Find out What Costs We Cover

With financial incentives that can cover up to 70% of total project costs, Delmarva's Small Business Program helps to make energy efficiency more affordable for your business. Whether you are looking for a small change or a complete overhaul, we can help you design the perfect project plan based on your business's specific needs.

Quick Energy Check-ups

Quick Energy Check-ups (QECs) are complimentary to the customer. A Service Provider will visit your business, make recommendations, and install energy-efficient devices.

Some examples are:
  • Turn on electronic devices' energy-savings feature.
  • Install signs to turn off lights when not in use.
  • Setting water heater thermostat to 115⁰F–120⁰F.    *If dishwashing is not a factor
  • Install timers on water coolers.
  • Insulate exposed water heater and refrigerant pipes.
  • Replace worn weather stripping on exterior doors.
  • Reduce air infiltration using caulk and spray foam.

Your Service Provider will install up to $250 worth of these devices at no cost to you. As the customer, you will need to give consent to the Service Provider before installation.

Ready for your free QEC? Request or find a Service Provider today!

Lighting


Whether you are upgrading existing fixtures or considering more innovative lighting technologies or controls, our financial incentives include a wide range of options to reward you for updating to more energy-efficient lighting.

Many customers upgrade to LED lighting. LEDs can use up to 90% less electricity than other lighting options. That means better, brighter lighting for your business while simultaneously saving money on your energy bill every month..

For a full list of the small business lighting incentives, browse this PDF. Consult with a Service Provider or program staff for guidance on what equipment fits your needs.

Find a Service Provider or apply now to get started on your lighting project.

Heating and Cooling


With energy-efficient HVAC units, you don’t have to choose between being comfortable or saving money on your electric bill.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have a major impact on energy use. Our program helps cover the cost of new air conditioners, heaters, and other HVAC equipment that will use less electricity than standard HVAC options.

For a full list of the small business HVAC system incentives, browse this PDF. Consult with a Service Provider or program staff for guidance on what equipment fits your needs.

Find a Service Provider or apply now to get started on your heating and cooling project.

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)



Commonly used on fans and water pumps, variable frequency drives (VFDs) control motor speed in order  to enhance system control and efficiency while reducing energy use.

For a full list of the small business VFD incentives, browse this PDF. Consult with a Service Provider or program staff for guidance on what equipment fits your needs.

Find a Service Provider or apply now to get started on your Variable frequency drive project.

Water Heaters, Clothes Washers, and Dehumidifiers



We offer cash incentives for installing energy-efficient commercial heat pumps, water heaters, clothes washers, and dehumidifiers.

By upgrading to more energy-efficient units through our program, you can buy new equipment for as little as 30% of the total project cost. Upgrading to energy-efficient equipment can also reduce your electric bill for years to come.

For a full list of the small business water heater, clothes washer, and dehumidifier incentives, browse this PDF. Consult with a Service Provider or contact a program representative for guidance on what equipment fits your needs.

Find a Service Provider or apply now to get started on your water heaters, clothes washers, and dehumidifiers project.

Specialized Controls

We cover up to 70% of the total cost for electrical controls to be installed in small businesses. These controls can help you save money and energy by automatically turning off lights and equipment when (or whenever) they're not in use.

  • Examples of specialized control include:
  • Smart strips
  • Personal occupancy controls
  • Hotel room HVAC and receptacle controls
  • Vending machine controls

For a full list of the small business specialized control incentives, browse this PDF. Consult with a Service Provider or contact a program representative for guidance on what equipment fits your needs.

Find a Service Provider or apply now to get started on your specialized controls project.

Commercial Kitchen Equipment

 

We offer cash incentives for a wide range of energy-efficient refrigerators, freezers, and other commercial kitchen equipment. For refrigerators units, installing energy-efficient equipment and controls on existing or new equipment can help you reduce energy costs and enhance equipment reliability.

Incentives are available for:
  • Anti-sweat heat controls for cooler and freezer doors
  • Reach-in door closers for coolers and freezers
  • Strip curtains for walk-in coolers and freezers
  • ECM evaporative fan motors for walk-in and display coolers and freezers
  • Residential refrigerators
  • Solid and glass door reach-in refrigerators and freezers
  • Steam cookers
  • Griddles
  • Convection and combination ovens
  • Low- and high-temperature commercial dishwashers
  • Low-flow pre-rinse valves for automatic dishwashers
  • Cube, nugget, and flake ice machines
  • Water coolers

For a full list of the small business kitchen equipment incentives, browse this PDF. Consult with a Service Provider or contact a program representative for for guidance on what equipment fits your needs.

Find a Service Provider or apply now to get started on your commercial kitchen equipment project.

 

EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. To learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate, click here.