Cutting Utility Bills, Saving the Planet

The best tool for small businesses to lower energy costs may be on-bill financing: paying for energy-efficient upgrades via monthly savings

Clem Piscitelli's proverbial "lightbulb moment" came the summer of 2006. That's when he noticed his monthly electric bill, typically around $1,700, topped $2,600 for the second month in a row—"a nice chunk of change" for his Hamden (Conn.) grocery store, West End Market.

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