The Problem: Barrier of Entry
Energy efficiency programs have such a high barrier of entry they often subvert the utility’s goal to reach their most energy burdened homes. Though several on-bill loan and rebate programs exist to ease customers upfront costs, many customers can’t access such programs. This is particularly true for lower income customers who are too often excluded from these programs due to poor credit, high debt, renter vs homeowner status, or just lack of access to low interest capital. Without more equitable and all inclusive access to energy efficiency programs, utilities and many of their most energy burdened customers are stuck wasting valuable energy. BUT this problem is solvable!!