Light It Up For Less

Small Business Program

Small business owners understand the importance of the bottom line. The Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Small Business Program helps business customers protect that bottom line by taking advantage of our easy and affordable installation of money-saving energy efficiency upgrades.

Participating small business owners will receive a free energy assessment, which shows potential energy savings from Small Business Program measures as well as recommendations for other energy efficiency improvements that can reduce operating costs.

After reviewing the energy assessment and recommendations for ways to save, the business owner may decide which energy saving measures to install. In addition to providing lighting upgrades at a low cost, the Small Business Program links you up to a participating lighting contractor to complete the installation.  If you thought your small business couldn't afford energy efficiency, you better think again.

Program Information

Free Starter Bundle

  • Unlimited CFL bulbs (excluding 42-watt bulbs)
  • Up to 30 LED screw-in bulbs

$129 Fluorescent Bundle

  • Unlimited CFL bulbs (including 42-watt bulbs)
  • Up to 80 LED screw-in bulbs
  • Unlimited basic LED exit signs
  • Up to 80 T8 lamps (T12 to T8 retrofits)

A La Carte Measures

  • Only available to customers who have purchased the $129 bundle.
  • LED screw-in bulbs - $15/bulb
  • T8 lamps (T12 to T8 retrofits) - $10/bulb
  • Occupancy sensors - $30/sensor
  • LED exit sign with emergency lights - $25/sign
  • 8' T12 to T8 conversion kit - $50/fixture

How do I know if I am a DS-2 electric customer or GDS-2 gas customer?

  • Your Ameren Illinois utility bill will indicate your electric and/or gas rate code at the top of the billing detail section. Click here to view more information about locating your delivery rate code on your Ameren Illinois bill.

Can I receive new, energy-efficient equipment in my business?

  • Yes, however, energy efficiency improvements through the program will only replace existing equipment.

Can I have energy-saving measures installed without a lighting assessment?

  • In order to show you exactly how much energy you are saving, a lighting assessment is required.

What is my cost to participate in the program?

  • Your customer co-pay will depend on the size of your facility. On average, the ActOnEnergy Small Business program will cover 50-60% of the actual total project cost – providing a great value for your business.

How long does a lighting assessment take to complete?

  • A typical assessment takes 30-45 minutes using our iPad based tool.

How quickly will the lighting retrofits be installed in my facility?

  • Our network of local electrical contractors will typically have your project installed within 30 days of the assessment.

How much can I expect to save on my monthly electric bill?

  • A typical project results in approximately 25% savings on your utility bill.

Must be a non-residential customer on rate DS-2 for electric measures and GDS-2 for gas measures (rates listed on Ameren Illinois bill under bill detail section). Click here to view more information about locating your delivery rate code on your Ameren Illinois bill.

Examples of Eligible Customers:

  • Convenience stores
  • Churches
  • Day care centers
  • Independent grocers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private schools
  • Restaurants
  • Small hotels and motels
  • Small laundromats
  • Small retail stores
  • Small offices
  • Strip mall tenants


Learn how Meyer Drapery (Champaign), Select Screen Prints & Embroidery (Bloomington) and Island Grove Church (New Berlin) used the Small Business Program to install energy-efficient lighting and reduce their annual electric costs.

Download the Case Study