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Results Are In: Investment Quadruples with Switch to Pays Program in Southern Arkansas

The results are in: Ouachita Electric’s switch to a tariffed on-bill investment program, HELP PAYS®, has proved more inclusive and successful than their previous best-practice on-bill loan program, the Home Energy Lending Program (HELP).

Some highlights from the results are below. Download the complete two-page briefing here.

When comparing the best quarter with the HELP on-bill loan program to the first quarter with the HELP PAYS® tariffed on-bill investment program, Ouachita Electric found:

1. Participation doubled with no additional marketing.

2. Participating customers benefited from immediate positive cash flow by keeping 20% of the estimated savings, averaging $150 a year – compared to zero in a bill-neutral loan program.

3. Renters accounted for 1/3 of the participants in the first quarter, rather than being ineligible to participate in the previous loan program, and their landlords readily supported the program.

4. In more than 60 multi-family housing units assessed in the first quarter, the utility identified cost effective investment opportunities, and 100% of those residents accepted the offer by opting into the tariff.

5. The average scale of the utility’s investments doubled compared to the on-bill loan program, reaching $6,000 and yielding average estimated savings over 30%….

Continue reading the complete two-page briefing here.