CLEVELAND, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dominion East Ohio and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) have teamed up to offer free energy efficiency assessments (up to a $6,000 value) to qualifying Dominion customers who own or lease a nonresidential building.
The program provides nonresidential customers in the Dominion territories, 35 counties across Ohio, including Marietta and Lima, OH, with the resources they need to not only better understand their current energy use, but ultimately decrease it through actionable energy efficiency improvements that can help reduce the costs of utility bills.
"From our experience, the cost of the assessments and the cost of the resulting recommendations have been a barrier to small businesses in the past," says Steve Millard, president and executive director of COSE. "Those barriers have been removed with the free assessments and the fact that many of the recommendations coming out of the assessments are often at no cost or low cost suggestions."
Participants in this free program will experience a final outcome that can potentially save them significant dollars on their utility bills with little or no expenditures. They will have a framework for long-term energy management.
After participants apply for the program, COSE will schedule the assessment at a time convenient for the business owner or organization. Approximately two weeks later, COSE will present a detailed report that outlines all recommendations and an action plan for their implementation.
To qualify for the program and the free energy efficiency assessment, an organization or business must be serviced by Dominion on either the General Sales Service-Nonresidential or Energy Choice Transportation Service-Nonresidential rate schedule, and occupy a facility of no more than 25,000 square feet. The quick and easy online application can be found at www.DEONonResidentialAudits.org. Those with questions can email at DominionAudits@cose.org or call (216) 592-2234.
COSE is one of Ohio's largest small business support organizations, striving to help small businesses grow and maintain their independence. Comprised of more than 14,000 member companies, COSE has a long history of fighting for the rights of all small business owners, whether it's through group purchasing programs for health care, workers' compensation, or energy, advocating for specific changes in legislation or regulation to benefit small business, or providing a forum and resource for small businesses to connect with and learn from each other. (www.cose.org)
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,400 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
SOURCE Council of Smaller Enterprises