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Implementing energy efficiency improvements is a long-term commitment. Tools and resources can help to carefully evaluate your energy opportunities and develop an effective plan to install them.

Evaluating Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Best Practices: Identifying Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program offers guidance and resources to identify energy-saving opportunities in industrial facilities and plants, and make informed decisions for implementing efficiency technologies for various industries designed for Learn best practices from businesses that have achieved big savings through energy efficiency projects.

Buildings & Plants: ENERGY STAR
This EPA initiative aids the development and implementation of an energy efficiency strategy for a building or plant. It features tools and resources including Guidelines for Energy Management to set goals and assess progress, and the Portfolio Manager to track and analyze energy use.

DesignLights Consortium (DLC)
DLC is a premier source for high-quality, energy-efficient commercial lighting and design information.

Energy Use and Loss Footprints
Energy Footprints map the flow of energy supply, demand, and losses in U.S. manufacturing industries to help identify energy-saving opportunities. The DOE Industrial Technologies Program provides energy footprints for various industries.

High Performance Data Centers
This program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab provides assessment tools, benchmarking references, best practice guidelines, and other information on energy efficiency for data centers.

Industrial Energy Efficiency Directory (INDEED)
INDEED is a publicly accessible resource that delivers energy-efficient technology and process options to industry. It provides key information to help plant managers assess their facilities' energy efficiency needs. This directory, created by the DOE Industrial Technologies Program includes case studies and software tools.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn about energy performance specifications for LEED Rating Systems and building certification.

Lighting Research Center (LRC)
LRC is a leading university-based research and education organization for lighting. Among its many programs, it conducts research on energy efficiency and new products and technologies for lighting. Learn about energy-efficient lighting options in different areas.

Software Tools: Industrial Technologies Program
This collection of free software tools, provided by the DOE, helps determine saving opportunities for energy systems in plants and industrial facilities. It includes the Quick Energy Profiler, or Quick PEP, used to conduct an initial screen of energy use and develop a baseline.


Federal and State Incentives for Businesses & Institutions

Federal and state opportunities, such as tax credits, grants, and incentives, can help businesses and institutions fund energy efficiency and renewable energy installations that could improve their operations and decrease their costs in the long term.

Federal Opportunities

Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) (DSIRE)

Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (DSIRE)

Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) (DSIRE)

U.S. Department of Treasury - Renewable Energy Grants (DSIRE)

Tax Credits for Home Energy Improvements

State Opportunities

Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard

Energy Efficiency Programs Offered by Mass. Utilities

Net Metering

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)