Collective purchasing can help homeowners overcome the logistical and financial barriers to weatherizing or installing new heating systems in their homes. Communities are encouraged to organize their own initiatives to buy energy efficiency services and equipment from local contractors through collective, also called bulk, purchasing.
Collective purchase, combined with rebates and loans from Efficiency Maine, offers homeowners an affordable path toward improving their home’s energy efficiency. Initiatives like these help Mainers stay comfortable year round while also reducing energy costs.
These initiatives can:
- 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.
To see an example of what another town has done, visit the EnergySmart Bangor website.