Distributor-Focused Midstream Programs: The Key to Unlocking Residential Water Heater and HVAC Savings

Recently, energy efficiency program administrators have provided incentives up the supply channel to a “midstream” market actor – the wholesale distributor – resulting in sales doubling, and in some cases, increasing ten-fold for ENERGY STAR certified water heaters and HVAC.  Click on "How It Works" below to be introduced to the basic concepts behind distributor-focused midstream programs. The following pages will give insight to the remarkable increases in program participation, and a helpful understanding of why the programs are so successful. You'll also be able to review best practices and key resources gathered from program implementers.

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Expert Advice

Contact us at midstreamdistributor@energystar.gov to set up a call with ENERGY STAR and the Technical Advisory Group. The group includes:

  • AO Smith
  • CLEAResult
  • Energize CT
  • Energy Solutions
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • NEEA
  • SDG&E
  • VEIC