The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided funding to pioneer new and innovative program models to accelerate residential energy retrofits. The problem was that most programs were cost prohibitive for the customer and took too much of the contractor’s time.
Frontier Energy was the first to create a flexible menu-based approach to solve these problems with FlexPath. Customers could easily choose the measures right for their budget. The contractor filled out all the forms online and only needed one inspection.
In less than two months, we designed the program measures and rebate values, created an online application system, established quality control procedures, and developed an incentive disbursement protocol. Then we marketed the program to contractors and customers.
At the end of the nine-month pilot program, 1,698 projects had been completed yielding an average of 15% modeled energy savings. Participation exceeded utilities’ established programs.
Now menu-based programs with online applications are the norm for many utilities, while Frontier Energy continues to push innovative design improvements for improved results.
It’s hard to get people excited about low-flow toilets. Even when the state is in the middle of a drought, people don’t really want to part with money for water efficiency measures. Working with three San Francisco Bay Area utilities, Frontier Energy designed and implemented an on-bill financing program that required no up-front costs and assured customers that they would save more than they paid.
PAYS—Pay As You Save—allows customers to buy and install water saving measures from toilets to drought-tolerant landscapes. We worked with the cities to evaluate measures that were cost-effective and aligned with local conservation priorities. We recruited and trained contractors and vendors, established pricing frameworks, identified funding for the program, and quantified the savings—which included energy, water, and GHG reduction.
During the nine-month pilot program, 200 single family residences and 225 multifamily units signed up for the program. More people participated in this pilot than any in any of the city’s other water conservation programs, and it was the first time that multifamily properties had participated in water conservation efforts. Single family participants achieved an average of 10% energy savings, 20% indoor water savings, and $170 in net bill utility savings a year.
Restaurants and other commercial foodservice operations use 5-to-7 percent more energy than any other businesses. We work directly with electric, gas, and water utilities to design and operate efficiency programs for commercial food service. Frontier Energy’s We’ve learned that to achieve long-term savings and create lasting change, successful programs include a suite of services that target many entities—equipment manufacturers, designers, the sales channel, property owners, and operators. Our Food Service Technology Center program for PG&E includes establishing incentives, testing equipment eligibility, conducting on-site energy audits, providing education and training, conducting marketing outreach, and consulting with designers and architects. Known as the “fishnick team,” Frontier Energy is the top name in commercial foodservice efficiency.