§ 58.13. Usage reduction education.
(a) Applicability. A covered utility shall provide usage reduction education services to program recipients so that maximum energy savings can be derived from the installation of program measures and through the modification of energy-related behavior including water consumption. Usage reduction education should also address regular utility bill payment behavior and the covered utility shall provide direct assistance to low income usage reduction program recipients in making application to secure available energy assistance funds.
(b) Funding level. Expenditures for usage reduction education services shall be sufficient to provide these services to each customer who receives other program services. Usage reduction education programs that have average costs which exceed $150 per program recipient household are to be pilot tested for 1 year during which the program will be measured for the incremental contribution to energy savings that the usage reduction education produces and the cost-effectiveness of that contribution.
(c) Pilot programs. The Commission encourages covered utilities to pilot test and evaluate innovative usage reduction education approaches. Pilot programs are also encouraged that evaluate the incremental energy savings of usage reduction programs that incorporate an education component as compared to programs that do not incorporate an education component.
(d) Program services. The usage reduction education services described in this chapter include activities designed to produce voluntary conservation of energy on the part of eligible customers. The activities shall include, but need not be restricted to, the following:
(1) Group presentations. Meetings involving recipients of program measures and other customers at which conservation objectives are explained and possible conservation measures are described and, when appropriate, demonstrated.
(2) Workshops. Group presentations at which, in addition to receiving explanations of conservation objectives, recipients of program measures and other customers are taught to install selected program measures.
(3) In-home presentations. Consultations held in the dwelling between a person supplying conservation education services and the occupant or owner of the dwelling. The presentations may include the explanation of conservation objectives, the participation of the owner or occupant in the installation of selected program measures or other activities designed to produce voluntary reductions in energy use by the owner or occupant.
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