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Innovation Sprint Recap - June 2020

The first time I met Megan Nyquist was shortly after the Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group merger about 3 years ago, when I’d travelled to Port Washington to meet the local marketing team. I remember talking with her about my team's digital marketing and how we were “super users” of CRM platform HubSpot. That was the first of many times she rolled her eyes at me, then she proceeded to school me on the finer elements of the digital transformation she was trying to make happen.

I thought she was fantastic and decided that day I wanted her on my team.

Several months later, that happened. I think everyone thought we’d claw each other’s eyes out, but we’ve instead become not just close teammates, but friends. She’s a bit like the little sister I never had. Megan knows her stuff. Plus, she has a tremendous work ethic and perhaps most importantly, a profound willingness to figure things out. Megan is routinely given challenging, nebulous projects no one else can figure out. They come back completed on time, completely sorted. And, it doesn’t hurt that she’s also fun to be around.

Announcing Virtual Energy Audits

Although our offices continue to remain closed for now and face-to-face contact is still limited across the nation, the Franklin Energy team is finding reasons to enjoy the present. We take pride in the work we do, and we're committed to bringing services to your customers where they are right now: at home. That's why we're excited to announce we're now offering virtual energy audits

We have a solution that's ready to deploy—right now—using the existing technology, products and field staff we're already using to support our clients. In fact, the solution is already live with some of our clients who wanted to make a quick pivot from in-field to virtual services. To participate, customers only need are a browser and a mobile device. They can choose between a phone-based appointment or a video chat walk-through, and a kit of products will be shipped directly to their door. This solution is available for residential or small commercial customers

When it comes to meeting your customers' needs and achieving savings in today's touchless world and beyond, we know time is of the essence. That's why we acted quickly to deploy this initial virtual energy audit solution, and it's also why we ramped up our Innovation Lab to focus on developing the next iteration of it. Any clients using our first-generation virtual audit solution will have the ability to upgrade to the second generation of the product as soon as it's available.

Let us help you navigate the new reality of the coronavirus. Visit our COVID-19 response web page to learn more about the touch-free program solutions you can implement now, and schedule a virtual energy audit demo with an expert to see our new tool in action.


Three Psychology-Backed Messaging Hacks for Home Energy Assessors

Home energy assessments offer a rare opportunity for energy efficiency programs:face-to-face, individual attention from consumers who are motivated to make a change. This is one of the few times utilities are able to hear a homeowner’s specific concerns and offer unique, tailored energy efficiency upgrade options.

Smart Home for the Holidays

In a day and age where almost anything can be managed from our smart phones, it’s no surprise that our homes are now among the list. Comfort and convenience are key, and that’s why smart home apps have become increasingly popular. They allow users to remotely manage an array of connected devices such as thermostats, smart speakers, smart light bulbs, video doorbells and more!

Energy Efficiency Challenges in Rural Communities Without Internet

Rural and small-town America has a proud and independent culture all its own. It also has unique energy needs and challenges.

If we use the US Department of Agriculture definition of a rural or ‘non-metropolitan’ community as one with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants, then small towns and rural countryside make up 72 percent of the land area in the United States—but just 14 percent of the total population. Yet interestingly, rural communities account for 20 percent of US energy consumption.


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