Providing one-stop-shop service to help thousands of homeowners save energy and money
In 2010, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment established Community Power Works, providing one-stop-shop service to thousands of homeowners, delivering deep energy savings, and creating new living-wage jobs. Working closely with the City, Cascadia coordinated all aspects of designing and implementing the small business and residential pilot programs. This involved managing, training, and mentoring local contractors and offering specialized sales and customer service training. During the three-year pilot period, the Community Power Works program reached 1,025 small businesses and more than 7,700 residential customers, conducted 6,226 energy assessments, and achieved an average of 17% energy savings per business and 30% energy savings per home. In 2014, Cascadia worked with the City and Seattle City Light to expand Community Power Works’ residential program to all of the utility’s service territory, including Shoreline, Burien, and SeaTac.