Rhode Island will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to advance energy efficiency in the public, commercial, industrial, transportation, and residential sectors. Rhode Island will implement various commercial and industrial energy efficiency initiatives that will help employers lower energy bills and improve profitability. For the residential sector, Rhode Island will increase professional support for comprehensive household energy audits and energy efficiency improvements. The state will also use Recovery Act SEP funding to upgrade the state's building energy codes to help realize energy savings in new residential and commercial buildings. The Rhode Island Green Buildings Initiative will use Recovery Act SEP funds to expand its performance contracting experience to provide energy efficiency measures to several large state buildings.