Lighting accounts for 20-50% of the electricity consumption at a business.
The DCSEU provides standard rebates to District businesses for installing a wide range of new, energy-efficient lighting and lighting controls, suitable for all types of business needs. Quality, efficient lighting not only lowers energy costs, it can influence the way people feel and perform and has been shown to increase sales, improve student grades, and raise employee productivity.
If you haven’t replaced your outdated and inefficient T12 lighting, now is the time to upgrade to high-performance T8 (HPT8) lighting. As mandated by federal regulations, the manufacture of T12 fluorescent lamps has been banned as of July 14, 2012. Businesses that upgrade to HPT8 lighting can avoid dwindling supplies and increased prices of T12 lighting products.
HPT8 lighting provides up to 50% energy savings over T12 lamps, with significantly longer lamp life and improved lighting quality. The DCSEU provides qualifying District businesses with financial incentives and qualified contractor services for upgrading their T12 lighting. Contact us for details about incentives for your business to upgrade to HPT8 lighting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-479-2222.
LEDs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. Combine that with the reduced heat output of LED lighting, and it’s a winning combination for your business.
Not sure where to start? Don't see a rebate listed for your equipment? The DCSEU's Account Management team can help you make the right choice for your business. Find out more about custom rebates.
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All projects must be submitted for pre-approval prior to the purchase of equipment. Applications that are not submitted for pre-approval are not guaranteed to receive rebates from the DCSEU.
Total rebates are limited to $25,000 per location, per fiscal year.
Projects must involve a facility improvement that results in a permanent reduction in electrical and or/natural gas energy usage (kWh).
Projects that are NOT eligible for rebates through this program include but are not limited to the following:
Any products installed at a facility must be sustainable and provide 100% of the energy benefits as stated in the application for a period of at least five (5) years or for the life of the product, whichever is less. If the customer ceases to be a delivery-service customer of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and/or Washington Gas Light Co., or removes the products or systems at any time during the five-year period or the life of the product, the customer will be required to return a prorated amount of rebate funds to the DCSEU. Exceptions may apply for customers upgrading to more efficient products at their own expense.
Before you purchase your lighting, make sure it qualifies for DCSEU rebates.
To apply for rebates, carefully follow the steps below:
For questions about equipment rebates, or for questions about embarking on energy efficiency upgrades in your business, please contact the DCSEU at 202-479-2222 or email@example.com.
By 2014, all District buildings (commercial and multi-family) over 50,000 square feet must use Portfolio Manager to benchmark their energy efficiency and report that score to the city.