Municipalities can develop programs to encourage and incentivize residents and businesses to reduce their energy usage. There are many types of programs that municipalities can implement, from mandatory requirements to incentive-based actions.  These are some examples of programs that municipalities have implemented to help their business owners and residents reduce their energy consumption that could be models for municipalities.   




Innovative Energy Efficiency Projects Implemented by Local Governments in the Southwest 

Author:Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Publication Date:2012

Descriptions of eight county-level and city-level energy efficiency programs in the Southwest.


Explore custom program design resources through the US Department of Energy: (links)




Many business programs focus on large, commercial businesses. However, many cities have a large stock of small- to medium-sized businesses that provide many opportunities for energy reduction. This not only reduces community energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions - it also reduces energy costs for businesses. Of course, this is a challenge, but there are many exemplary resources to help engage businesses:


Business Recognition


Port of San San Diego Green Port Case Study Presentation (June 2014)

Prepared by: Conservation Services Group

This program was developed through the Port of San Diego’s local government partnership with SDG&E. The partnership elected to focus on five key program area: Energy Efficiency Education and Outreach, Port Facility Retrofit Program, Land Use and Development Opportunities, Program Management, and a Waterfront Businesses Outreach Program. The Green Port program alsofocused on marketing and recognizing businesses that participated in energy efficiency programs.






California Financial Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency
Find state and local financial incentives that promote the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades.


Figtree Brochure

Prepared by: Figtree Financing

This brochure provides information on the Figtree OnDemandPACE program, which allows up to 20% of a property’s value to be financed for energy efficiency, renewable energy, or water conservation upgrades. The financing creates an assessment lien on the property

and is repaid through semi-annual installments on the property tax bill.


HERO Commercial Application Form 

Prepared by: WRCOG and Samas Capital

The HERO Program offers financing for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation projects for all types of commercial properties. The six page application form asks for specific information about the property and the property owner.


LA County PACE Presentation

Prepared by: County Office of Sustainability

This presentation provides an overview of the County of Los Angeles’ Commercial PACE program. It explains the role of the property owner, financer, and government sponsor. It also describes the benefits of PACE, provides an overview of a sample project, describes the ideal candidate, and the benefits to the community at large.




Industry Specific


Energy Star Small Business Guide

Prepared by: U.S. EPA

This guide identifies energy efficiency upgrades that are applicable by type of small businesses. The Guide defines three key steps:

1) Getting Started – Identifying projects, finding funds, selecting contractors, prioritizing projects, and managing projects

2) Sure Energy Savers – Including lighting, HVAC, office equipment, water hot and cold, office equipment and

3) Larger Opportunities & Building Shell – Including insulation, roofing, walls, windows, slabs and foundations, tightening an existing building, passive solar and orientation.


EPA Landlord/Tenant Improvements

Prepared by: U.S. EPA

This document includes a number of case studies of landlord/tenant partnerships that increased building efficiency and reduced energy consumption.


SCG Green Restaurant Guide

Prepared by: SCG

The guide provides an overview of sustainability areas in the food service industry. Areas include responsible procurement, green buildings, energy conservation, and waste management. The guide gives specific suggestions on how to reduce energy costs and how to reduce the impacts the environment.






Flex Your Power
Energy efficiency and conservation information for business and consumers in California. Find incentives/rebates, technical assistance, retailers, product guides, case studies and more


Go Solar California!
Incentives for businesses that implement solar technologies.


Consumer Energy Center : Energy Choices at Work
Read about ways to make commercial buildings more energy efficiency to cut costs, improve comfort, and provide a more sustainable future.


California Appliances Database

Downloadable database of all appliances currently certified to the California Energy Commission by their manufacturers as meeting currently-applicable efficiency standards.


Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County: The Flex Path Program

Author:Steve Culbertson, BKi

Publication Date:2012

This presentation talks about Energy Upgrade California's Flex Path pilot program which offers a menu of upgrade options for homeowners to select. Its flexible approach has been popular with middle-income homeowners interested in upgrades.


EmPower Louisiana, HERO-Existing Homes Program: Program Guidelines 

Author:Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Publication Date:2011

Describes program guidelines for EmPower Louisiana's Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO)-Existing Homes Program. Provides guidance to participants on how the EmPower Louisiana HERO Program will be implemented, and provides details on all aspects of the application and reporting process.


Spotlight on Rutland County, Vermont: How Local Ties Lead to Local Wins 

Author:U.S. Department of Energy

Publication Date:2011

Building on its understanding of homeowners in Rutland County, Vermont, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) enlisted respected local citizens and organizations to spread the word about home energy efficiency upgrade opportunities, an effort that helped drive demand for nearly 200 home upgrades in just six months


Program Design Case Study: Berkeley FIRST 

Author:Home Performance Resource Center

Publication Date:2010

This case study focuses on Berkeley FIRST, the nation's first Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. Includes best practices recommendations for the design and implementation of successful home energy upgrade programs, specifically focusing on the areas of financing and incentives, marketing, workforce development, and business models.