Celebrate energy efficiency, public power in October

Public Power Week
Oct. 2-8

Energy Efficiency Day
Oct. 5

It is fitting that as the days get noticeably colder and darker, we recognize the people who make sure we can light and warm our homes (and cook hearty meals and take hot baths) all year around. Public Power Week You are leaving WAPA.gov. is Oct. 2-8, and this year, Oct. 5, Energy Efficiency Day You are leaving WAPA.gov., is dedicated to the role wise energy use plays in keeping electricity reliable and affordable.

Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8, 2016 an American Tradition

(Artwork by American Public Power Association)

American Public Power Association (APPA) sponsors Public Power Week and provides plenty of resources to help utilities get their celebration off the ground. You can suggest your local municipality issue a proclamation, send messages on your social media platforms and provide local media with news releases and public service announcements. Post facts from APPA’s public power and energy-efficiency fact sheets on your website and make sure your member services representatives have copies handy to share.

Let your customers know Oct. 5 is Energy Efficiency Day.

Let your customers know Oct. 5 is Energy Efficiency Day. (Artwork by ResourceMedia)

Speaking of energy efficiency, do your customers know that this “power source” has prevented the need to build 313 large plants since 1990? According to American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy You are leaving WAPA.gov. (ACEEE), further ramping up energy efficiency could spare the country from having to build 487 large power plants over the next 14 years. The inaugural Energy Efficiency Day offers utilities the chance to educate consumers on the importance of saving energy.

Energy efficiency saves consumers and businesses money, creates jobs and stimulates the economy. It is also one of the lowest-cost ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The best part is that most utilities already have experience with energy-efficiency programs ranging from simple rebates for efficient appliances to sophisticated demand-response programs. Reminding your customers of the benefits of energy efficiency measures can help to encourage them to participate in existing programs and make them more receptive to future offerings.

The inaugural Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations working to promote energy efficiency, including the ACEEE, Appliance Standards Awareness Project You are leaving WAPA.gov. and many others. APPA, colleges and universities, trade allies and investor- and publicly owned utilities are among the organizations supporting #EEDay2016.

If you would like to add National Energy Efficiency Day to your Public Power Week celebration, you can find a link to a toolkit You are leaving WAPA.gov. on the SWEEP blog, Livewire. Feel free to supplement the material with your own success stories, and don’t forget to share your plans with the Energy Services Bulletin, because every day is Energy Efficiency Day for WAPA Energy Services.

Source: American Public Power Association, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, 9/9/16

Better Buildings fact sheets highlight top Peer Exchange Call takeaways

When it comes to energy-efficiency programs, each utility is in a different place: Looking for examples to help them get started, trying come up with a way to measure and improve the results of a first-time offering, figuring out how to take an established program to the next level and all the phases in between. Everyone could use a little help and the Better Buildings Residential Network (BBRN) is a good place to find it.

The Better Business Residential Network Peer Exchange Calls often focus on tips and strategies for choosing and working with contractors.

The Better Business Residential Network Peer Exchange Calls often focus on tips and strategies for choosing and working with contractors. (Photo by Better Building Residential Network)

Several times a year, members hold Peer Exchange Calls to compare experiences, analyze misfires, celebrate successes and discuss ways to increase the number of energy-efficient homes in America. As valuable as it would be for utility program managers to participate in this exchange, that is not the only way to benefit from it. BBRN publishes “greatest hits” fact sheets quarterly, summarizing the top takeaways from these calls. You can download this treasure trove of customer service and other tips from the BBRN website, or find Volumes 1 through 6 in the Energy Services fact sheet library.

We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to access these resources because they have so much to offer utilities. For example, here are just two takeaways from Vol. 6 of Lessons Learned:

  • Leverage HVAC upgrades to spark conversations about whole-home performance. Customers, who have put their trust in a contractor to complete their HVAC repair, might welcome the contractor’s expert efficiency advice.
  • Residential energy-efficiency customers have different backgrounds, needs, and motivations, which programs can use to tailor messages and services to different groups. EnergySavvy You are leaving WAPA.gov. uses cloud software to pair utility data with marketing data and create individual utility customer profiles to target energy efficiency messages.

The fact sheets includes links to full summaries of each call, complete with lists of participants and their locations, an agenda and presentations. Summaries to all past Peer Exchange Calls are archived at BBRN, in case you don’t want to wait for the quarterly fact sheets.

Of course, you can also find out what the leading practitioners of energy-efficient home improvements are talking about by participating in the Peer Exchange Calls. They are generally held on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time and are free with registration. The Return of Residential PACE – the Sequel (201) You are leaving WAPA.gov. is the topic of the July 21 call.

Source: DOE EERE Better Buildings Residential Network, 6/21/16