2017 Energy Ambassador Program

The 2017 Energy Ambassador Program is a 12-week position in which ambassadors are trained and paid to conduct quick energy assessments for small business PG&E customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ambassadors will make owners of micro-businesses aware of the resources, incentives, and offerings available for managing their energy use and lowering their energy costs. 

TIMELINE

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
  • June - August - Conduct site visits

FAQs

What are the benefits for ambassadors?

Enhance your resume while helping local businesses and the environment! Whether you’re considering a career in sustainability or looking to make a big impact with a flexible schedule, the Energy Ambassador Program is the perfect position for you.

  • Get paid - earn $30 for every energy assessment you complete
  • Get a personal tablet - to do your job, we’ll supply you with a tablet with a protective cover and data access 
  • Boost your resume - gain marketable professional skills for your resume and to reference in interviews
  • Expand your knowledge - learn more about energy-efficiency and green business practices through hands-on experience
  • Be part of something bigger - support and help local businesses in your community and throughout the state of California to reduce their carbon footprint

What do ambassadors do?

Ambassadors will reach out to local businesses from a targeted list to schedule in-person appointments to discuss their energy use. Each appointment takes approximately 30 minutes, during which ambassadors will explain the purpose of their visit and inform business owners of potential energy rebates and online tools. Ambassadors will need to collect additional information, including business emails and survey responses, to submit to Net Impact. Once Net Impact verifies the business names, they will authorize payment to Ambassadors for their work. 

What are the benefits for small business owners?

Many business owners are not aware of the high levels of energy their businesses consume and how this affects the environment. Also, they often lack the time and resources to fully understand the options available to manage their energy, reduce their carbon footprint, and lower their energy costs. 

Small business owners will receive in-person instruction on how to log into their PG&E account, track energy use, and minimize their costs. They also receive tailored suggestions for conserving energy, including information on rebates and relevant conservation programs. An in-person visit ensures not just that their questions are answered, but also that their concerns are recorded and conveyed to PG&E. 

What are the benefits for PG&E?

PG&E wants to enhance energy efficiency across the state and ultimately lower fossil fuel emissions, aiding California's goal of limiting the effects of climate change. As one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, PG&E provides energy services to approximately 16 million people in northern and central California.

With such a large customer base,  PG&E has dedicated teams of employees to inform their various customer segments on how to lower their energy use, but some customer segments are harder to reach than others. Owners of small local businesses, who are often unlisted in online or phone directories, are very hard to reach and are a large portion of PG&E’s customers. By partnering with Net Impact, PG&E can bring information directly to this audience.

 

Please contact sbea@netimpact.org with questions.


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