AQ recently partnered with Energy Solutions, a California-based energy consulting firm, to introduce its Instant Rebates! program to AQ dealers. Now on AQ, you can filter your search results to locate energy-efficient equipment listed on AQ easily. You and your customers might have “ go-to” equipment preferences. Still, there are many advantages to quoting and purchasing more efficient equipment for your next project, that benefits you and your customers.
Increase Sales of Higher-Priced Equipment
Generally, energy-efficient equipment is going to cost more upfront. That's true for commercial and residential equipment - any trip to Home Depot or Lowe's tells us that. Customers often look for a replacement of what they already had, or maybe even look for something used and not in the market to upgrade. But, it's important to remember that in the long run, you will get that investment back by reducing a kitchen's footprint and energy consumption lowering operating expenses over time - short-term pain for long-term gain, if you will. By encouraging your customers to think further ahead, you can drive them toward new, more efficient equipment that will last longer and benefit their operation for years to come. Not to mention, you will benefit from selling equipment that helps your customers, and boosts your bottom line.
Rebates range from $50 to $7,000 on high-efficiency equipment including natural gas and electric ovens, fryers, ice machines, griddles, and refrigerators.
Help Your Customers Save Money Now (And Later!)
We covered the sticker shock your customers might have about that higher price tag. That's where Instant Rebates! comes in. Through the Instant Rebates! program, rebates are offered as a discount to your customers so the cost savings is immediate, helping ease the pain of that price tag. Energy-efficient equipment is up to 4x more efficient than standard and can reduce utility costs by 40 - 70% annually. Your customer will experience the immediate impact of a discount coupled with savings over the life of the equipment with a significant reduction in oil, gas, water, and electricity usage. Plus, your customer doesn't have to deal with the filling out paperwork and chasing reimbursement to take advantage of savings - neither will you. More on that later.
Earn Incentives on Eligible Equipment Sold
Through the Instant Rebates! program, dealers are eligible to earn a spiff on each piece of qualifying equipment sold. Even better, the sales spiff and full rebate reimbursement are paid to you within an average of two weeks from application approval. So, your customer isn't the only one not waiting for months to realize the financial benefits of instant rebates.
It's Never Been Easier to Find Rebate-Eligible Equipment
Every piece of eligible equipment listed on AQ has a “Rebates” badge on its product listing. You can also also view all eligible equipment with the click of a button! Simply click on the Filter button on the AQ toolbar and select “Rebates Available”. More than 6,000 pieces of equipment from 600 manufacturers listed on AQ are eligible for instant rebates through the Energy Solutions program. Rebates are offered by 30 utility companies across 11 participating U.S. states. You can easily determine your customer’s eligibility using Energy Solutions’ Zip-code lookup tool.
Go Green in More Ways than One!
More traditional rebate models involve lots of paperwork, envelopes and the USPS, followed by a significant waiting period. Once enrolled in the Instant Rebates! program, Energy Solutions facilitates the process between dealers and utility companies so the only commitment you have to make is three minutes to submit your sales information through an easy-to-use online portal. Just like that, months became minutes! You've mostly likely reduced your customer's footprint and reduced energy consumption in their operation. And neither of you had to print a single sheet of paper. Yay, environment!
You can enroll in Energy Solutions' Instant Rebates! program at no cost. Submit a request here and someone from Energy Solutions will help you get signed up. For more information how Instant Rebates! program works, log in to MyAQ and view our recent webinar.