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Proven Practices: Leverage Broad Program Benefits

Posted on March 13, 2017

Energy upgrades can make homes safer and reduce residents’ health risks. Because energy efficiency programs help improve residents’ quality of life, their missions are consistent with other organizations focused on public health, low-income housing, or local economic development. Following is a sample of how successful residential energy efficiency programs have leveraged the complementary benefits of energy efficiency to create new partnership opportunities and funding sources.  Read more about this tip and these programs’ experiences in the Residential Program Solution Center.

Take Training to New Levels

EnergyWorks KC worked with local housing development corporations in Kansas City, Missouri, to provide hands-on learning for housing rehabilitation and partnered with a children’s environmental health center to provide healthy homes training to energy auditors.

Partner to Promote Combo Offerinngs

Recognizing the link between energy and water efficiency, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power partnered with Southern California Gas Company to combine electric, gas, and water efficiency programs and incentives into a one-stop shop for customers.

Fill Niches With Specialized Services

Enhabit, formerly Clean Energy Works Oregon, added seismic specialists to its contractor base to provide safety upgrades, which filled a niche and expanded its customer base in the earthquake-prone Pacific Northwest.

Tell Me More 

Discover more insights on leveraging complementary benefits by visiting the Market Position & Business Model – Identify Partners handbook for step-by-step instructions and program examples.

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Your Input Counts

If you would like to suggest a proven practice that worked for your program or ask a question that other programs might be able to answer, email your question or idea and we’ll address it in an upcoming Proven Practices post.

Continue the Contractor Performance Conversation

Interested in talking with your peers about leveraging energy upgrades’ complementary benefits and other proven practices? Consider joining the Better Buildings Residential Network, where energy efficiency program administrators like you are discussing program design, implementation, and evaluation strategies in regularly scheduled peer calls and on virtual discussion forums. Join the Residential Network.  

Posted Date: 
Monday, March 13, 2017