Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE) now offers Lancaster businesses free, simple ways to save on electricity costs through its new Small Commercial Direct Install Program. The program provides free

energy efficiency assessments, as well as upgrade qualifying small business customers, to help them use less electricity and reduce their energy bill. The program also helps decrease carbon emissions and further the city’s Zero Net Energy initiatives.

LCE has contracted with skilled energy efficiency expert, FESS Energy Solutions, for the cost-saving Direct Install Program. After a business has reached out to LCE, FESS Energy Solutions will

contact the business owners to schedule a visit to evaluate the energy efficiency of their facility and suggest improvements.

If the business owner agrees with the recommendations, FESS will coordinate with them to schedule a convenient time for the installation of new energy-efficient equipment. Equipment upgrades could range from LED, Fluorescent, and High-bay lighting to occupancy sensors, refrigeration strip curtains, and door-closers. All designed to help local business become more Eco-

friendly, and save on their electricity bill. Not only is the evaluation, equipment, and installation free, but businesses can also stay open during installation. Participating businesses must be located in Lancaster and be LCE customers.

LCE also offers the Energy Advisory Program for Lancaster residents who are LCE customers.

This program evaluates the energy efficiency of residential homes through a short survey via phone with LCE’s Energy Advisors. The survey results in a free Energy Audit Report highlighting ways to use less energy. The personalized report lists free and low-cost ways to cut back energy usage (such as weatherization and efficiency upgrades) as well as provides information in regards to available energy efficiency programs and rebates.

Both energy efficiency programs are funded by nearly $1.2 million from SCE’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio budget. Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in April 2018, the programs will be offered for LCE customers until the funds are exhausted.