May 21, 2013
Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM CDT
EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- For many people, energy efficiency translates to helping the environment, but for businesses it means saving cash.
On Tuesday, Ameren Illinois hosted its "Act on Energy Business Symposium." The goal is to get more businesses involved in the company's "Act on Energy" program.
The program helps businesses become more energy efficient by offering cash incentives to upgrade energy systems.
For a business that doesn't know where to begin, Ameren said the easiest place to start is lighting.
"Replacing an incandescent exit sign with a LED exit sign, which is much more efficient, will save $32 in energy costs, and once these businesses find out where they start at then they find other ways to save energy," said Energy Efficiency Adviser Cheryl Miller.
Since the program started six years ago, "Act on Energy" has helped saved businesses $132 million.