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1 Jun 2012
Podcast Link - "Taking the Mystery out of Rebates & Incentives".
Check out RealWinWin's CEO Doug Bloom's podcast on "Taking the Mystery out of Rebates & Incentives" http://ow.ly/bilDe
15 May 2012
“What does Measurement & Verification mean?
M&V protocols vary from each utility to the next. What’s required in TX may not be necessarily required in Massachusetts. M&V plans are customized to each project, based on the scope work of the project, the technology, and the confidence level established by the utility with respect to the anticipated savings for the installation of the proposed ECM(s) for the project. The more involved M&V protocols may...
12 Apr 2012
Upstream vs. Downstream Rebate Programs
Let’s assume that you manage a facility that is littered with T-12 fixtures that you want to replace with T-8 fixtures (and if you’re not swapping out, you should be!). Typically, you would purchase the equipment, have it installed, apply for a rebate, and have a check mailed to you. This is a classic example of a downstream program. This type of program helps the consumer offset the first cost of the equipment and reduces...
15 Mar 2012
For Best Results at a Tradeshow - Consider...
Tradeshows are considered a “necessary evil” by some but with effective planning and thorough follow-through they pay huge dividends for organizations which are prepared. Trade shows present powerful sales and marketing opportunities which allow companies of any size to compete and successfully win clients. So how does a company go about taking advantage of the shows they attend? 1. Choose the right shows...
2 Mar 2012
On Bill Financing – Is it the Best Financing Option?
It could be. We first bumped into this concept while working with a Jewelry retailer in California. They were looking to implement lighting retrofits but the costs were prohibitive relative to what they were willing to finance. However, we soon discovered San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was not only offering lucrative rebate offsets for qualifying technologies, but also making on-bill financing available...
17 Feb 2012
"You don't get rebates just for waking up in the morning..."
As obvious as the above statement seems, you might be surprised to discover it’s not as easy as it seems to capture a rebate to offset the upfront costs of your energy efficient investments. If you are thinking about energy efficiency and want to make sure you can take advantage of utility funding, you should be considering the following: • A high efficiency label doesn’t always mean rebate eligibility...
9 Feb 2012
Rebate Capture: What does a good job look like? When is "free" not free?
Are you paying for Rebate Administration? If “yes”, why? Aren’t all the “smart guys” getting free rebate collection as part of their equipment purchase and installation – particularly for lighting? Aren’t all the “top vendors” providing rebate collection at no or minor cost? Aren’t the vendor’s experts at capturing incentives? Can’t anyone just “push paper”? It seems like an easy choice right? Why pay for something...
9 Feb 2012
Nobody Likes Budget Season
There is little to love about budget season other than the fact that, at most companies, it comes in the same season as Santa and New Year celebrations. The good news is unless you work for the US government, eventually a final budget gets approved every year and project teams are free to move forward to implement approved plans. Unfortunately, by the time you get your approval, schedules already may be behind so there...
9 Feb 2012
T12 to T8 Retrofits – Do it Now!
The age of efficient fluorescent general illumination is now. Super-T8 and T5 lighting systems provide a significantly lower usage advantage over older T8 systems and more so over any existing, outdated T12 systems. Plus, since lighting accounts for 40% or more of a commercial property’s electric utility bill – YOUR utility bill! -- one of the easiest ways and most cost-efficient ways to lower electric consumption from...
19 Jan 2012
Energy Efficiency Incentives and Energy Management Systems
There’s no doubt retail Facility and Energy Managers are upping the bar with respect to how they operate their facilities efficiently. But how do they find ways to operate their facilities smarter? In the past, temperature and lighting controls were held hostage by building managers who had a wide range of independence with respect to adjusting set-points and controlling lighting for comfort. That type of localized...
30 Dec 2011
Rebate Program Funding Being Exhausted Earlier Than Usual
As of late Fall, upwards of 30 well-established, well-funded utility rate-payer based rebate programs have exhausted their commercial and industrial-targeted funds for the current program year. From Michigan to Texas and Nevada to Pennsylvania programs are out of funds already or running low. This is twice as many as last year and several months earlier than usual. With funding, according to the Consortium for Energy...