Beyond Energy Savings

June 12, 2015

Key Points:

  • Energy-efficiency upgrades can benefit your organization beyond lower utility costs.
  • High-performance equipment lasts longer and requires less maintenance.
  • You may be eligible for cash incentives from Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy® BizSavers® program to help offset the upfront cost of investing in energy efficiency.


Energy-efficiency upgrades can lower utility costs and improve profitability, but did you know they can bring additional benefits that you might not expect? From extended equipment life, to a healthier and more productive workplace, energy efficiency can improve your organization in a number of ways.


Longer equipment life. Lights, motors and other critical devices have a limited operating life, and they can be costly to replace. By turning equipment down or off, you’ll not only save energy, but extend the useful life of expensive and valuable equipment. By installing controls on lighting systems and variable frequency drives (VFDs) on motors and pumps, you can also benefit from cash incentives from our BizSavers® program to help offset the upfront cost of upgrades. Controls and VFDs are eligible for a $0.07/annual kWh reduction incentive.


Lower maintenance costs. Upgrading to high-performance equipment can reduce time and money spent on maintenance. For example, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures last 50,000 to 100,000 hours—much longer than conventional fluorescent or high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps. By upgrading, you’ll save energy, receive a cash incentive from our BizSavers program, and spend less time changing out bulbs and replacing fixtures.


Healthier workplace. Energy-saving upgrades, such as natural ventilation and daylighting, can improve indoor air quality and enhance the overall work environment. Happy, healthy workers are more productive, take fewer sick days, and cost less in healthcare benefits. Ventilation improvements and daylighting can be eligible for incentives as well. Let our BizSavers program help reduce the upfront cost of these upgrades. See the table below for more details.


Improved safety. Brighter lighting and more uniform light distribution can reduce the chance of a worker falling or being struck by an object. The National Safety Council reports the average cost of a workplace accident is $36,000. If a lighting upgrade prevents just one accident, it can pay for itself very quickly.


Increased building value. For building owners, energy-efficiency upgrades and sustainability measures can boost property value. A market report found that green-labeled buildings command a rent premium of six percent while the average sale price for green properties was 19 percent more than conventional buildings.


Enhanced public image. Green is in. Consumers want to buy environmentally friendly products, and talented employees want to work for green organizations. The consuming public, as well as environmental regulators, are interested in conserving resources and reducing emissions. By using energy efficiently and reducing your carbon footprint, your organization will stand out.


Use the Facility Assessment Wizard to find targeted upgrades that can start benefiting your organization today!


Ameren Missouri’s BizSavers Incentives


Below is a list of our popular energy efficiency incentives; however, we offer cash incentives for virtually any cost effective, energy efficiency project. To see a full list of cash incentives we offer our Commercial and Industrial customers, visit



Standard Incentives
Replace incandescent bulbs between 35 and 120 watts with LEDs less than 40 watts Receive $11 per lamp
Install occupancy sensor on uncontrolled lighting Receive $15-45 per sensor
Install variable frequency drive (VFD) on pump between 1-50 horse power Receive $50 per horse power
Custom Incentives
Install VFDs on all other motors and fans Receive $.07/annual kWh reduction
Install daylight controls Receive $.07/annual kWh reduction
Install ventilation controls Receive $.07/annual kWh reduction


This article previously appeared in the Ameren Missouri BizSavers® Solutions newsletter, and is used with permission. For informational only. Link to original article: Click Here

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Author: Beanstalk

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