Many homeowners have not yet made the switch to energy efficient lighting, appliances, or other products. They may not be aware of the opportunities to increase their home’s efficiency, understand the savings potential of specific products, or believe they’re able to afford them.
Our teams understand the pain points and best tactics and messages to drive participation, because the success of a direct installation program relies on the outreach, education, and recruitment of participants. WECC’s field staff provides a positive customer experience by explaining the benefits of cost-effective, energy-saving alternatives in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Our extensive network of trade allies and contractors install selected measures and provide homeowners with instructions, best practices, maintenance tips, and schedules.
Program design and delivery can be targeted to different housing types to deliver optimal savings, meet program goals, and/or reach limited-income residents. Direct installation has been particularly successful as a first step to saving energy for residents of manufactured homes. According to a recent ACEEE study, these residents spend nearly twice as much on energy per square foot compared with individuals living in site-built homes. Energy-saving upgrades installed in manufactured homes typically include duct sealing, programmable and smart thermostats, lighting upgrades, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators, water heater pipe wrap, Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) blower motor replacement, and more.
Smart thermostats also deliver energy savings at the time of installation and create opportunities to deliver services to customers in the future, including demand response, behavior, monitoring a home’s performance, and measuring energy savings persistence.
WECC’s residential direct installation programs can help you meet your energy savings goals by converting residents into energy-saving, energy-savvy homeowners—reducing demand and improving the performance of your residential energy efficiency program portfolio.