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Take the next step toward completing your energy efficiency projects with UtilityGenius: Projects

Take the next step toward completing your energy efficiency projects with UtilityGenius: Projects, a tool to help you scope your next lighting upgrade and see energy savings, carbon dioxide reduction, ROI, and your payback period including rebates!

Once a project is created, generate a PDF proposal to share with colleagues, contractors, and customers to help them make the most informed project decisions and discover additional savings available to them.

Do you already have buildings created with us? Link your projects to your buildings for an easier and more customized experience. Look for multi-site functionality coming later this year!

All of the features included in this exciting update are still free to use. To take advantage of the new features, users will need to make a UtilityGenius account. Don’t worry – it’s free and takes less than a minute to create!

Head to our Resource Center for a detailed user video or start your first Project now.

Not Your Average HVAC Incentives: An Overview of ERV, ARC, and UVGI

Utility incentives for efficient HVAC systems are nothing new, but there are new and exciting incentives available from utilities that go beyond a traditional HVAC replacement!

Over the course of the next three newsletters, we will be covering three different technologies that electric utilities are incentivizing which improve HVAC efficiency:

  • Advanced Rooftop Controls (ARC)
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation/Heat Recovery Ventilation (ERV/HRV)
  • Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)

For this analysis, we will tap into our UtilityGenius database for incentive information. We recently expanded our UtilityGenius HVAC information to include Chillers. We are further expanding our incentive tracking to include Economizers, Demand Controlled Ventilation and Advanced Rooftop Controls, as well as adding new measures for Variable Air Volume Terminals, Energy Recovery Ventilation, Heat Recovery Ventilation, and Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation.

In this article, we will provide a quick overview of the technology and the incentives landscape, then go into more detail in the subsequent articles.

Advanced Rooftop Controls

Advanced Rooftop Unit Controls (ARCs) are digital systems that give you better control over your HVAC system. Most existing rooftop units (RTUs) have constant speed fan systems and lack sensor-based ventilation controls. This can leave fans running at a constant speed, regardless of a building’s heating, cooling, and ventilation needs, resulting in higher energy usage and costs. By implementing ARCs like demand control ventilation (DCV) and switching to VFD/VSDs, you can significantly improve a RTU’s efficiency, giving it the ability to optimize performance and respond to different heating, cooling, and ventilation requirements.

ARC is the most well-covered technology out of the three from a utility incentive perspective. Incentives are still more well supported west of the Mississippi, but we are seeing where some major Midwest and Southern utilities are adding ARC to their portfolio of energy efficiency measures.  Some Canadian utilities support ARC as well.

Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)/Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)

HVAC systems condition air from the outdoors, making the air hot in the winter and cool in the summer. An ERV has two separate air paths that keep the fresh air and exhaust air from mixing. In the summertime, for example, it allows the cold exhaust air to precondition the hot humid air coming in from outdoors. The same principle applies in the wintertime, but in reverse. Overall, this reduces the amount of energy used by allowing your HVAC system to work more efficiently. The benefits of a high-efficiency ERV unit will apply to practically any business in an air-controlled space. HRVs and ERVs are similar devices in that both supply air and exhaust stale air while recovering energy from the exhaust air in the process. The primary difference between the two is that an HRV transfers heat, while an ERV transfers both heat and moisture.

ERV/HRV are relatively newer entrants into the HVAC utility incentive space. Electric and gas utilities can offer incentives in this area.  On the electric side, these technologies are supported in a scattershot manner across the US and Canada. Maine, Florida, and investor-owed, municipalities and cooperatives in the Midwest all have robust support, at least prescriptively.

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is not new technology.  It has been around in commercial applications for almost 100 years. UVGI has been used for decades to purify air in hospitals and labs that need to ensure microbes aren’t introduced or distributed by the ventilation system. UVGI is also used in a less intense installation to keep cooling coils clean and free of biofilms. UVGI can be used in-room as part of an upper-room disinfection system, portable air cleaner, or surface disinfection. The history and means of using UVGI for pathogen control in building ventilation systems and rooms is well-documented. Along with fresh air ventilation and filtration, UVGI is one of the best proven technologies for removing pathogens from the air, including COVID-19.

Utilities’ incentives for UVGI so far have been limited to a very specific application: to eliminate air-borne pathogens in HVAC ductwork. The energy savings case appears to be that UVGI is more energy efficient than other approaches for high intensity ventilation. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is currently studying this technology and investigating product certification standards. We will review the details of the utility incentive approaches and where the DOE is in a later article.

We will dive into the details with each of these technologies in upcoming articles. Stay tuned to this newsletter to see when they’re released. Please leave a comment if you have a preference as to which technology you would like to see profiled first.

These technologies will also be released on UtilityGenius over the next few weeks to be viewed on a utility by utility basis. To receive notification of these releases, be sure to create a free UtilityGenius account.



Mike Cham
CTO, Encentiv Energy 


UtilityGenius Buildings is here! Rebate geniuses, get ready to level up your expertise!

With our new Buildings functionality, get rebate information delivered to your (virtual) doorstep. Customize your experience even more by creating cards for the buildings and properties most relevant to you. The ability to manage all of your properties and track incentive changes in one place will save even more time on your journey.

Here’s what Buildings bring to the UtilityGenius experience:

  • Create Building cards with information including the address, utility provider, building type, and kwH rate.
  • Create multiple buildings at once with a CSV upload.
  • Make it easy to filter your buildings by adding custom tags.
  • Get notified about incentives for each of your buildings with an indicator on your building cards.

Follow the gif below to learn how to set up your first (and your second, and your third…) building cards!

For each building you create, you can also download an interactive pdf report highlighting any information you provided for the building, as well as a summary of rebates in each technology category and redirects to get more specific information.

All of the features included in this exciting update are still free to use. To take advantage of the new features, users will need to make a UtilityGenius account. Don’t worry – it’s free and takes less than a minute to create!

UtilityGenius Widget Launches on ENERGY STAR® Website

Starting on August 16th, utility rebate information for products specific to commercial and industrial buildings will be available on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® website through a new partnership with UtilityGenius, North America’s leading place for commercial and industrial rebate research. The partnership will bring UtilityGenius’s full search functionality to ENERGY STAR’s website, making it easy for commercial and industrial users to find the utility rebate information they need in one place.

“Rebates for efficient commercial equipment can help building owners and managers make deeper investments in energy efficiency,” said Cindy Jacobs, chief of the ENERGY STAR Program for Commercial Buildings and Industrial Plants. “By making their UtilityGenius commercial and industrial rebate finder tool available on the ENERGY STAR website, Encentiv Energy makes it easier for owners and managers to find these rebates and save energy, save money, and protect the environment.”

UtilityGenius, powered by Encentiv Energy, simplifies the rebate journey. A database with up-to-date commercial and industrial rebate information for the 3,000+ utilities in the United States and Canada allows users to search by zip code, state, or utility name quickly and easily. Rebate estimates are tracked for a variety of technologies, including lighting, HVAC, building controls, electric vehicles, and more. Users can also research rebate-eligible products within the platform to ensure that they don’t miss out on potential rebates.

“The major barriers to upgrading buildings with more efficient products are affordability and lack of awareness,” said Steve Moritz, president and CEO of Encentiv Energy. “This partnership will allow us to reach more people with information about rebates, help them find the most energy efficient technology available, and where eligible products can be purchased. By making the journey as simple as possible, we’re enabling people to choose more efficient alternatives for their projects.”

The widget can be found in the “Finance Energy Efficiency Projects” section of the ENERGY STAR website.



ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including nearly 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More information about the impacts of ENERGY STAR can be found at

About UtilityGenius

UtilityGenius is the leading place for commercial and industrial utility rebate information. As part of Encentiv Energy’s mission to make energy efficiency accessible and affordable, UtilityGenius is available online for free. Quickly and easily research utility rebate programs and get rebate estimates for energy efficiency projects in commercial and industrial buildings. Users can search for information in the United States and Canada by zip code, postal code, state, or product category in one place. Users can even find rebate-eligible products in the tool to make research simple and ensure no one misses out on potential savings. Get started at

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