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We can help your business or non-profit organization become more energy efficient. Working with energy efficiency professionals, you can replace inefficient lighting and identify other ways to save on utilities. Many energy upgrades create savings that pay for themselves within just a few years.

Sign up for an energy audit to qualify for a variety of incentives and receive expert advice on energy programs, services, and products available to Cambridge businesses and non-profits, including financing options, contracting services, and other support services. Questions? Contact our Energy Advisor at any point during the process.

Non-Profits

Non-profits do important work for the community, and if they can reduce their energy  costs they can direct more resources to carrying out their programs. Though many of the efficiency programs for non-profits are similar to those for businesses,  several organizations  provide special financing services to non-profits. You can read more about these organizations here.

If you are affiliated with a non-profit,  CEA would like to work with you. You can contact us directly or you can sign up for an energy assessment and a CEA representative will follow up with you.

Energy Upgrade Benefits


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Our brochure for businesses

How can energy upgrades help my organization?

  • Save money with cost-effective measures tailored to your business or non-profit
  • Use less energy
  • Catch up on deferred maintenance and increase the reliability of your building’s systems
  • Improve productivity and comfort of staff and customers
  • Make your mark as an organization that cares about the environment
  • Be recognized as a leader in your community

Watch this short video below to see the changes on Cambridge business owner has made and how it has helped her business!

Energy Audit Process


Step 1: Contact Us

To get started, request an energy audit.

Step 2: Initial Interview

After your information has been received, our partner, Prism Energy Services, will contact you to schedule a visit to discuss your energy saving needs. If you are interested in an energy audit, Prism will schedule a time for an initial visit to your building. See our audit preparation checklist to make sure you have everything you need to make the visit a success.

Step 3: Initial Site Visit and Lighting Recommendations

At the initial site visit, Prism will point out savings opportunities and prepare an energy report. The report will identify energy-saving opportunities, such as enhanced lighting, insulation, and energy-efficient appliances, including those eligible for rebates and special financing offers.

After this initial visit, you can contact the CEA Energy Advisor to obtain the information you need to complete your energy efficiency upgrade, including:

  • All available incentives and rebates for the recommended measures
  • A range of financing options for the project
  • Financial tools to help you determine total cost and payback period
  • Contracting services available through our partners and other sources

Step 4: Site Visits and Non-lighting Recommendations

Depending on what is found at the audit and your interest in measures other than lighting, other experts will inspect your facility. Prism will then prepare additional reports for non-lighting measures. The reports will include equipment recommendations and a financial analysis highlighting installed cost, projected savings, and any utility rebates or government subsidies available. Potential measures include but are not limited to:

  • Motors and Drives
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Equipment
  • Water Consumption
  • Building Envelope
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Process Equipment
  • On-site Power Generation
  • Solar, Wind, and Other Renewables

Step 5: Installation

CEA and Prism will work with you to assemble a package of measures, rebates and subsidies, and financing (check out our financing page to learn more about your options). Upon your review and final selection of measures, you will sign an installation contract. Prism Consulting will oversee the installation.

A Better City Challenge for Sustainability


The Challenge for Sustainability brings together commercial real estate and business leaders in Greater Boston to increase energy efficiency, minimize waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Challenge participants represent over 35 million square feet of space and are achieving real and measurable reductions by:

  • Benchmarking facilities’ environmental impact with our Sustainability Scorecard
  • Engaging in monthly events for networking and learning
  • Sharing success stories to highlight achievements and motivate others
  • Reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions 18% since 2009, through the implementation of over 1,500 sustainability actions!

By coordinating their efforts, the Challenge for Sustainability and an elite group of businesses, property owners and institutions are positively impacting the environment, economic competitiveness, and quality of life of Greater Boston; preparing the region for a strong—and sustainable—future. Have your organization join now!