Collective purchase is a concept where a city or town uses their bulk purchasing power to negotiate pricing for services, like heat pumps or heat pump water heaters, and then offers this special pricing to residents.
Municipalities can organize their own initiatives to buy energy efficiency services and equipment in large quantities from local installers to streamline the process and get better prices.
- Secure a good value and preferred price for homeowners
- Save residents money by reducing their energy use
- Generate demand for local energy service businesses
- Build community by coming together to make an informed home energy purchase with friends and neighbors
Efficiency Maine has developed this toolkit to help locally based collective purchase initiatives get started. This toolkit is intended as a guide for project planners who want to create their own collective purchase initiatives to promote energy efficiency in Maine homes.