The Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program is an energy efficiency program administered by the United Illuminating Company (UI) and funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF). This program is designed to provide cost-effective, energy-saving services to small Commercial and Industrial customers with an average 12-month peak demand between 10 and 200 kWh.

Energy efficiency is key to maintaining a healthy bottom line. The Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program is designed to provide cost-effective, turnkey energy-saving services for small commercial and industrial customers. EES is a SBEA program-authorized contractor.  We will walk you through the entire process and free up your time to focus on running your business.  The SBEA program offers long lasting benefits that will help you improve your business’ energy efficiency while helping to develop a long-term sustainable energy solution. The SBEA program is supported by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and offers you the financial assistance that will enable you to change how you use energy more efficiently and maintain a healthy bottom line.

Examples of typical energy-efficient upgrades include:

Lighting – interior/exterior

  • High-performance lighting
  • Induction and LED lighting
  • Occupancy sensors
  • Photocells

Heating/ventilation/air conditioning

  • Energy-efficient equipment upgrades
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Energy management systems


  • Anti-condensation door heater controls
  • Evaporator fan controls
  • Night covers
  • Electronically commutated motors
  • Energy-efficient kitchen equipment

Natural gas-saving equipment

  • Spray nozzles
  • Showerheads
  • Aerators
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Pipe and duct insulation
  • Energy management systems
  • Indoor boiler reset controls
  • Heating equipment
  • Water heating equipment
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Infrared space heaters
  • Envelope measures

Other improvements

  • Air compressors
  • Variable frequency drives
  • Premium-efficiency motors
  • Custom measures


How Does the Program Work?




Call EES at 860-580-9076 for a FREE site evaluation

Submit your Meter number or Your Electric Account Number.  Once your business is approved by UI for eligibility:


Schedule your professional FREE Audit

  • Energy Efficiencies Solutions (EES) will conduct a no-cost energy assessment of your facility to determine potential energy-saving measures.

  • An EES BPI certified professional will complete a walk through of your facility and collect the needed information to provide comprehensive quotes and scopes of work to you and UI


Utility review and project approvals

Once EES processes the data and develops the quotes for the eligible upgrades

  • EES will fill out and submit all required forms/applications.

  • EES will work with the utility companies to determine what will be paid for out of the Utility Energy Efficiency Fund to offset the cost of your energy saving measures.

  • UI will create a financing package for the approved upgrades to help ensure that your business can install the measures at a low interest rate.

  • UI will provide EES a report on utility bill savings, financing and payback years. The formula and projections are created by engineers and project managers at the utility company.


Your Proposal of Upgrades and Incentives

Once the project is approved by UI, a proposal will be provided to you which includes:

  1. Applicable energy efficiency measures

  2. ROI complete costs and estimated energy savings, along with SBEA incentives (cost reductions).  Incentives are offered in an effort to offset the cost of installation

  3. Financing options and review of the savings you will have Now and Later


Accept the proposal and complete the contract

  • Once the proposal is accepted and signed by you, installation will begin within 30 days.

  • You can choose to implement All measures or Some measures

  • It is important to focus on measures that have a high ROI


Financing note

  • The Energy Efficiency Fund’s SBEA program incentives will offset a portion of the costs of all eligible measures up to 50%.

  • The remainder can be financed, interest free, for the balance of the project for qualified customers.

  • Once the loan is paid off, you continue to have the savings on your reduced monthly bills!

Who’s Eligible?

Commercial and industrial customers with an average 12-month peak demand between 10 and 200 kW.

Many types of small businesses can benefit:

  • Restaurants
  • Car washes
  • Churches/synagogues/meeting centers
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Private buildings: libraries, museums and more
  • Retail stores
  • Office settings: insurance and real estate brokers, law offices, accounting firms, etc.
  • Grocery and convenience stores
  • Gas stations
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouses

Who do I contact?

SBEA Program Director
Justin Buck
Tel: 860-580-9076

SBEA Project Manager
Anne Pilla
Tel: 860-580-9076


Energy Efficiencies Solutions

Commercial & Residential Energy Efficiency Professionals

“Reducing Carbon Emissions One property at a Time!” Energy Efficiencies Solutions (EES) is a Connecticut based full service Energy Conservation Company, offering comprehensive solutions to conserving energy including:

  • home energy assessment
  • energy usage reports
  • air sealing
  • insulation
  • windows
  • solar
  • heating and cooling systems
  • renewable energy options
  • energy education
  • return on investment coaching for retrofits and energy upgrades


You will save energy, reduce your carbon footprint, and save more money once the upgrades are completely paid for. It is called instant positive cash flow coupled with energy savings. As the loan is paid off you keep the savings difference on your energy bills forever.


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