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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Spotlight on Austin, Texas: Let Your Contractor Be Your Guide for Big Rewards

Title:
Spotlight on Austin, Texas: Let Your Contractor Be Your Guide for Big Rewards

Abstract:
Austin Energy, a municipally owned utility, has a long history of collaborating closely with the building contractors in its area to deliver energy efficiency programs, which benefits both parties involved. Because contractors understand that Austin Energy has made a long-term commitment to supporting energy efficiency, they have been willing to invest time and money into the technical training and equipment upgrades required to conduct work in this sector. At the same time, they have helped create strong public recognition and support for Austin Energy's aggressive energy efficiency goals--including co-marketing the utility's programs to help drive demand. To launch its new Best Offer Ever promotion quickly and effectively, BetterBuildings-Austin Energy's Clean Energy Accelerator focused particular attention on ensuring that the program was being responsive to its contractor base, which really paid off -- 47 contractors completed a record 564 home energy upgrades in just six months. For many of the participating contractors, the high program volume resulted in 2010 being their most profitable year ever.

URL:
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/betterbuildings/cs_austin_wfdevelopment.pdf

Source:
U.S. DOE Better Buildings

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
2011

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