How can you support www.HomeEnergyNC.org?
A coalition of nonprofit organizations that includes North Carolina Building Performance Association, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Duke University’s Carbon Offsets Initiative are seeking support for this website and a new nonprofit that will centralize and scale up home energy efficiency across North Carolina. Here’s how:
Many North Carolina organizations support home energy efficiency, but they each have their own goals, angles, resources and focus in doing so. The over-saturation of information and available programs these stakeholders provide can make it difficult for NC residents to know where to start when considering their options for improving their home’s energy efficiency.
North Carolina needs a neutral organization that centralizes this information in a non-biased, streamlined way so that its citizens can go to one place to learn about home energy efficiency and local programs available to them. Centralizing content and directories provides another opportunity – centralizing administration for and using best practices from energy efficiency programs across the state helps decrease the overall cost of running programs and increase their impact.
In the fall of 2014, North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) created www.HomeEnergyNC.org and formed partnerships with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), Duke University’s Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI), and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) to increase support and value of the site. The website is intended to serve as North Carolina’s one-stop online portal for saving energy at home, providing a centralized, free, and unbiased resource with helpful information and tools to improve home energy efficiency.
To manage this web resource and begin to centralize NC energy efficiency program administration, these stakeholder organizations are looking for financial and operational support to create a 501(c)(3) non-profit that would fill in the gaps left by existing organizations and take on new roles and opportunities identified by these stakeholders and others.
The goals of this organization would be to:
- Provide non-biased information to educate North Carolina residents and businesses on home energy efficiency. Resources on the website include DIY energy saving checklists and calculators, a contractor directory, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.
- Provide a directory for home energy product and service providers and be a centralized, consolidated, and aggregated resource used by various organizations, such as clean energy advocates, utilities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit contractors, etc.
- Act as program administrator for existing programs. Support weatherization assistance programs, provide independent nonprofit third party quality assurance and verification services, provide educational and training resources, and more across North Carolina.
HomeEnergyNC is intended to reach all North Carolina residents and businesses interested in increasing home energy efficiency. Not only will it make it easier for people to take action, it could potentially decrease the cost to run programs for groups such as cities, municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and employers. Finally, HomeEnergyNC could serve as a model for other states, thereby increasing the impact of energy efficiency resources and programs across the country.
Partners are needed to further develop and support HomeEnergyNC as a nonprofit organization, with a focus on establishing the nonprofit as a central program administrator and continuing the build-out of the website. Specifically, we are looking for partners interested in collaborating on:
- Designing and developing the website
- Identifying and securing funding
- Recruiting volunteers and businesses
- Providing expertise on home energy efficiency
- Establishing the new nonprofit organization as a business
Any interested parties should contact one of the following stakeholder organizations:
- Ryan Miller, North Carolina Building Performance Association, Ryan@BuildingNC.org or 919-521-3385
- Charles Adair, Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, Charles.Adair@Duke.edu or 919-613-7466
- Jennifer Weiss, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, JWeiss@CleanEnergy.org or 504-606-8148
- Laura Langham, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Laura@EnergyNC.org or 919-608-3124