Small businesses are responsible for 44 percent of the energy consumption in buildings. But they’re notoriously hard to engage in energy efficiency, demand response and other distributed energy solutions.
Why? In part because small businesses are as diverse as small business owners themselves. The typical small business rate class includes everything from dentist offices to hair salons to small grocery stores. Some of those businesses are savvy about sustainability, but many are not. They all have different needs in terms of program measures and messaging. And they're all busy.
There are 4.6 million small businesses in the United States and a million more in Canada. With an estimated $30 billion in energy cost savings potential, small businesses are poised to save big; that money can be better spent on creating jobs or improvements to drive revenue. And utilities can save big too, with an estimated 1.07 quadrillion BTU of energy savings in this market. Designing programs that meet all the distinct needs of your customers is essential to success.
Franklin Energy has spent decades listening, learning and innovating in the small business market. As a result, we’ve developed the expertise needed to design innovative program solutions for this sector in a way other program implementers can’t.
Our programs combine traditional small business direct install program design with:
Our programs are tailored to the unique operational demands and no-time-left-in-the-day schedules of small businesses. The ultimate goal? To help small businesses leverage data and incentives to better control their energy usage and focus their limited resources where it matters most—on their business.