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Energy consumption is one of the largest expense categories for many small businesses. Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and its partners can offer members several programs to help assess current energy usage and opportunities to improve energy efficiency.

COSE has also teamed with FirstEnergy’s Ohio Utilities to provide member businesses with an exclusive energy savings opportunity. The first step is a comprehensive assessment of how your facility uses power; gas, electric, even steam.

The cost of this energy assessment is paid for by FirstEnergy, so there's no out of pocket expense.

Eligibility requirements: If you are a FirstEnergy customer, a COSE or GCP member, and own or rent a building or space no greater than 150,000 square feet, then you are eligible for this program. 


"Every firm looks to lower their operating costs.  Pace Engineering took advantage of the energy audit that COSE offered.  Energy accounts for 4% of our costs from process gas and electricity used in our manufacturing to general uses heat and lighting. Most people view energy costs as fixed.  The energy audit identified a number of projects that when implemented will reduce our energy costs more than 9%.   We were surprised because five years ago, we spent more than $250,000 on energy efficiency projects.  From the COSE audit, we learned where our energy is consumed and have uncovered even more savings than were identified in the audit." - Craig Wallace, CEO PACE Engineering, Inc.


Here's how you enroll:

1. Determine eligibility by emailing or call (216) 592-2205.

2. Share your most recent natural gas and electric bill. COSE’s auditors will use your bills to better understand how your building is using energy.

3. Conduct the on-site assessment. COSE’s auditors will do an on-site assessment to identify how your building currently uses power. This will include an analysis of the HVAC system, building envelope, water heating and distribution, lighting, plug loads and building controls. On-site assessments may require more time depending on square footage and complexity.  

4. Review the results. Within three weeks of the assessment, COSE will schedule a meeting to review the findings from your assessment. Often times improvements can be made at no cost or with a modest capital investment. Implement recommendations. COSE will help you prioritize the energy savings recommendations to develop an actionable energy efficiency strategy, and will connect you to quality service providers and capital resources to drive implementation. 

After reviewing results, COSE's auditors will ensure that you prioritize projects, coordinate contractor quotes for complete installation, identify ways to maximize ROI and cash flow (i.e. rebates, financing, text credits, green leasing), and facilitate any project(s) installation and long-term preventative maintenance.