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If auto dealerships were to reduce their consumption by just 10%, they would save approximately $193 million (Nationwide) in energy costs.

Energy Star Guide for Small Businesses

This guide provides energy reduction tips and resources for small businesses and small businesses owners

Guide to Putting Energy into Profits: Energy Star Guide for Small Businesses (PDF)

This guide provides information for businesses on steps they can take to turn energy reduction measures into profit. Virtually any small business can improve its energy efficiency easily and cost-effectively, using the numerous resources that are available.

Whether you own your building or are a tenant, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to run your and maintain your business. Energy Star offers free, unbiased information, and technical support so you can more easily improve your company's financial performance by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while also protecting the earth’s environment.
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Auto Dealers and Auto Body Shops

Auto dealerships use on average more energy per square foot than a typical office building. If all dealerships in the U.S. were to reduce their energy consumption by just 10 percent, they would save approximately $193 million in energy costs and eliminate more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gases every year.  Source: Energy Star

Useful Resources for Auto Dealers and Auto Body Shops

Energy Star for Auto Dealers

Above you will find resources that Energy Star offers to auto dealers and autobody shops including trainings, guidelines, etc.

Dealers Guide to Energy Star (PDF)

The objective of this guide is to help automobile dealers learn about opportunities to save energy and reduce costs which also reduces emissions of greenhouse gases that may contribute to climate change. This guide also highlights energy savings opportunities for dealerships to implement or discuss with energy-related service and product providers.

National Automotive Dealers Association Energy Stewardship Initiative (PDF) 

Dealerships that participate in the Energy Stewardship Initiative can save money and demonstrate to their employees and customers a commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency. Participants can take advantage of free resources from NADA and Energy Star, including:

  • Technical resource guides and materials.
  • Energy tracking tools and training.
  • Recognition for your achievements.

Small Business Administration for Auto Dealers 

The following Energy Star resources provide information on products and energy-saving practices that you can apply to your auto dealership.

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First Vehicle Services

First Vehicle Services, part of FirstGroup America, is a leading provider of contract fleet maintenance and management services in the United States. With more than 25 years of experience, First Vehicle Services maintains over 50,000 vehicles and equipment in the US and Puerto Rico for government agencies, municipal organizations and private companies.


Boat Marinas

The Florida Clean Marina Programs are designed to bring awareness to marine facilities and boaters regarding environmentally friendly practices intended to protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment. Marinas, boatyards and marine retailers receive clean designations by demonstrating a commitment implementing and maintaining a host of best management practices. Source: Florida DEP

Benefits of the Clean Marina Program

  • Recycling and reusing materials can generate income by reducing disposal fees, decreasing the need to buy new materials and generate sales of recycled goods.
  • Grant assistance is available to install pumpout facilities.
  • Reduction of future liability and potential clean-up costs.
  • Improved cost efficiency of facility operations.
  • Possibility of insurance incentives and discounts.

Useful Resources on Clean Marinas

List of designated Clean Marinas in Florida

Above you will find the list of designated Clean Marinas located in the state of Florida.

EPA Study on Clean Marinas

This study focuses on the economic benefits realized by marina managers who have implemented management measures at their marinas. The study was limited to 25 marinas.

Success Story

Since 2000, the Florida Clean Marina Program and the Clean Boating Partnership have offered resources and expertise to assist Florida’s marine industry in protecting the environment while benefiting the industry.

Listed below are accomplishments of the Florida Clean Marina Program and the Clean Boating Partnership.

  • Approximately 60,000 oil absorbing bilge socks have been distributed to the public, keeping thousands of gallons of oil out of the water.
  • Preventative Fuel Spill Kits have been given to 150 marinas.
  • Nearly 20,000 children’s life jackets have been fitted and distributed at outreach events.
  • More than 300,000 clean boating habits brochures and handbooks have been distributed to the public.
  • More than 25,000 pounds of material and 75,000 gallons of oil have been recycled.
  • In 2001, the Florida Clean Marina Program received the Gulf Guardian Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Boating Partnership received the same award in 2003.
  • In 2001, DEP received the Sustainable Florida Award for creating the Clean Boating Partnership from the Council for Sustainable Florida.
  • In 2001, the Florida Clean Marina Program received the Clean Vessel Act Program Excellence Award from the State Organization for Boating Access.


Hotels often operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can include multiple buildings. Often, guests are allowed to adjust thermostat settings, use large amounts of hot water, leave doors and windows open while the cooling or heating system is running and leave lights on in unoccupied rooms. This can greatly increase the amount of energy consumed by your business, and thereby increase operating costs, without any additional revenue.

Useful Resources on Green Lodging

Green Lodging Program in Broward

The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state. Through this rapidly growing program DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The Florida Green Lodging Program is unique in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that are specific to protecting and preserving Florida's environment.  Right now there are 38 certified green lodgings in Broward County.

The Florida Green Lodging Program is administered primarily online. To become designated, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in six areas of sustainable operations:

  • Communication and Education (Customers, Employees, Public)
  • Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Transportation

Green Lodging Technical Assistance

The Florida Green Lodging Program offers technical assistance with new resources added regularly. Information is available to guide lodging facilities in meeting the requirements for Florida Green Lodging designation, including "how-to" information, guest and staff educational materials and links to valuable external sites.

US Small Business Administration Energy Efficiency for Lodging

If you own or operate a hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, you face numerous obstacles regarding energy management. Your facilities may be active 24 hours a day and include more than one building that provides a variety of services. 

Green Hotels

Green hotels are environmentally-friendly properties whose managers are eager to institute programs that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste—while saving money—to help protect the enviroment!

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Designated members of the voluntary Florida Green Lodging Program adopt numerous green practices that conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality and reduce waste. Facilities to achieve Green Lodging standards include:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Navarre;
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Boca Raton;
  • The Heritage Park Inn, Kissimmee;


Savor the profits from energy efficiency! Your restaurant’s profit is typically only 3–9% of total revenue. Follow Energy Star’s cost-effective recommendations and your investment in energy efficiency can give you up to a 30% return. Source: Energy Star

Useful Resources for Restaurants

Energy Star Restaurant Fact Sheet (PDF)

According to Pacific Gas and Electric's Food Service Technology Center, 80 percent of the $10 billion annual energy bill for the commercial food service sector is expended by inefficient food cooking, holding and storage equipment. To help counter these costs, Energy Star helps restaurant owners and operators improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs. Restaurants that invest strategically can cut utility costs 10 to 30 percent without sacrificing service, quality, style or comfort – while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment. Source: Energy Star

Energy Star Guide to Restaurants

Restaurants use about 2.5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings.
Most commercial kitchen appliances are energy intensive. For instance, a typical electric deep fat fryer uses more than 11,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy per year which could cost you more than $1,000 in electricity. Source: Energy Star

US Small Business Administration for Restaurants

Savor the profits from energy efficiency! Your restaurant's profit is typically only 39% of total revenue. Follow Energy Star cost-effective recommendations and your investment in energy efficiency can give you up to a 30% return. Source: Energy Star

Success Story


Subway franchise owner Steve Kaplan is saving by taking advantage of energy-efficient technologies at his restaurant in Norman, OK. Kaplan upgraded his store’s lighting from 40-watt T-12 lamps and magnetic ballasts to T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts. In addition to his 50-percent energy savings, he now has brighter lighting. Kaplan replaced his old air-conditioning units with high-efficiency models and added ceiling fans to circulate the store’s air. He can now set the store’s thermostats 3 to 5 degrees higher in the summer without affecting comfort. With these upgrades, he will pay back his investment in 3 years. Source: Energy Star


Retail Stores

Retail companies spend nearly $20 billion on energy each year.  A 10 percent decrease in energy costs has an equivalent impact on operating income as a 1.26% increase in sales for the average retail store. Source:Energy Star

Useful Resources for Retail Stores

Retail Benchmarking Starter Kit

Retailers can assess the energy performance of their stores using Portfolio Manager.

Success Story

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is one of America's leading retailers, operating more than 1,100 stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The company is receiving Energy Star recognition for building a culture of and long-term commitment to energy management within the entire organization. This is the second time J.C. Penney has received Energy Star Sustained Excellence recognition. 

Key accomplishments include:

  • Developing a comprehensive 5-year energy strategy with strong endorsement and participation from all levels of the company.
  • Reducing electricity use by 5% in 2009 as compared to 2008.
  • Opening 10 new stores that were Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.
  • Earning the ENERGY STAR at 20 stores in 2009, for a total of 72 since the distinction became available for retail stores in 2007.
  • Expanding its Advanced Energy Management model from 10 pilot stores in 2008 to 62 stores in 2009, reducing annual electricity consumption by 11.7 million kWh.
  • Supporting the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign at the Plano Balloon Festival in Texas, which more than 70,000 people from the Dallas-Fort Worth area attended.
  • Displaying the Energy Star Sustained Excellence logo on all sales receipts generated at JCPenney stores and door decals at every vestibule entrance to a JCPenney store.
  • Piloting the use of renewable energy by installing solar power systems on nine JCPenney stores in California and New Jersey

Visit Energy Star to view more success stories and case studies from around the country leaf

Supermarkets, Grocery and Convenient Stores

Grocery Stores, supermarkets, and convenient stores see the largest portion of their energy use coming from refrigeration. This makes it very crucial to maintain the refrigeration systems and to learn about all of the different energy efficiency options available.

Energy efficiency can be applied to all types of refrigeration equipment such as reach-in, walk-in, and under the counter refrigerators/freezers, as well as a multitude of food and drink storage and display cases. The following tips are designed to help your business improve the efficiency of its refrigeration, thereby reducing operating costs, saving energy, and preventing pollution.

Useful Resources for Supermarkets, Grocery, and Convenient Stores

Refrigeration tips to help your business save money and energy

Check temperature Settings
If settings are lower than necessary, chances are you are wasting energy. The most common recommended settings are between -14 degrees and -8 degrees Fahrenheit for freezers and between 35 degrees and 38 degrees Fahrenheit for refrigerators.

Clean Cooling Coils
Dirt accumulation impairs proper heat transfer and lowers the efficiency and capacity of refrigerators.

Check Door Seals
Tight seals and properly closing doors prevent warm air from entering the unit, which reduces cooling energy and prevents frost buildup. Use this rule of thumb: If you can easily slide a dollar bill into the seal, have the seal adjusted.

Maintain Equipment
Perform any scheduled maintenance on the units and keep evaporator coils clean and free of ice build-up.

Source: Energy Star

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EPA's GreenChill Program

EPA estimates that GreenChill partners’ refrigerant emissions are 50 percent lower than the industry average. If every supermarket in the nation reduced their emissions to the average GreenChill store rate of 12 percent, the industry would save more than $100 million in refrigerant costs alone annually, while saving the equivalent of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and 240 tons of ozone-depleting substances every year. The greenhouse gas pollution from an average store’s refrigerant leaks is often higher than the greenhouse gas pollution from an average store’s annual total electricity consumption. Source: EPA


Waste Water Treatment Plants

The nation's wastewater plants and drinking water systems spend about $4 billion per year on energy to treat water. Individually, these operating costs can add up to one-third of a municipality's total energy bill.

As many communities strive to reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, EPA's Energy Star program has introduced expanded energy efficiency tools and resources to help eliminate energy waste and lower operating costs of water and wastewater utilities. A 10 percent reduction in U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems — realized through cost-effective investments — would collectively save approximately $400 million and 5 billion kWh annually. Source: Energy Star

Useful Resources for Waste Water Treatment Plants

ENERGY STAR® Performance Ratings Technical Methodology for Wastewater Treatment Plant (PDF)
This document presents specific details on the EPA’s analytical result and rating methodology for Wastewater Treatment Plant.

EPA Wastewater Management Fact Sheet (PDF)
This fact sheet describes possible practices that can be implemented to conserve energy at a Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Success Story

Energy Performance Project at Broward County Water & Wastewater Services

The Energy Performance Project at Water & Wastewater Services is being implemented in order to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs associated with critical water/wastewater operations. The current study phase of the project includes developing conservation and optimization strategies for water/wastewater treatment and transmission, and on-site conversion of waste-to-energy using available resources at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

The WWTP electrical consumption generates an estimated 24,494 tonnes of GHG annually and the combustion of biogas in boilers and flares generates an estimated 6,169 tonnes of GHG. It is estimated that, when completed, this project will reduce GHG emissions at the WWTP by approximately 9,072 tonnes through energy conservation and renewable on-site power generation, which is equivalent to the GHG emissions from the electricity use of 1,101 homes for one year.

North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (NRWWTP) Fine Bubble Conversion Project (PDF)

The liquids treatment at the NRWWTP consists of four secondary treatment modules, each with a design capacity of 20 million gallons per day. Secondary treatment includes aeration and clarification. Each module utilizes an average of 900 HP for normal aeration. This project replaced the 900 HP mechanical aerators with fine bubble diffusers for modules A, B, and D, which operate with 500HP blowers, Estimated reductions: 4,215 tonnes eCO2/ year resulting in an energy savings of 400HP or 2.628 million kWh per year per module. 7,884,000 kWh/year $788,400 cost savings

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