"The home energy auditing business will grow to $23.4 billion by 2014.""
Pro Energy Consultants franchisees participate in the booming "green" industry by offering residential and commercial energy assessments (aka 'energy audits') to residential and commercial clients who want to lower energy bills, solve indoor comfort issues, make smart improvement investments, and improve indoor air quality. Our franchisees find themselves right in the middle of the exploding "Green" movement, a movement that has become one of the most significant forces in our economy today. As The Nation's First Energy Auditing Franchise, we're also now the only international franchise of our kind!
According to Pike Research, the home energy auditing business - which it called "a strong indicator of the coming of age for energy efficient homes" - will grow from $8.1 billion in 2009 to $23.4 billion by 2014. The same report found that that the market for energy-efficient home improvements nationwide will rise from $38.3 billion last year to $50.2 billion by 2014
Besides being in one of the fastest growing industries, why else should you join the PRO ENERGY CONSULTANTS team?
This is definitely an exciting time for Pro Energy and our franchise partner. Contact us to learn more today!
Pro Energy Consultants is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Interested parties should have at least $20,000 in liquid capital to invest.
How was Pro Energy Consultants originally conceived/started?
Pro Energy was started in response to a need I saw after working for more than 15 years in the HVAC industry and I saw firsthand that customers were having home performance issues not addressed by any company or industry. So in 1995, I started Pro Energy Consultants in Cleveland, OH to help homes and businesses improve their comfort and energy use.
What was your original vision for your company? How has that changed over time?
My original vision was just to "fill the gap" in service, and help people identify issues that would increase their comfort and knowledge of their home. That idea has expanded to helping both homeowners and businesses pinpoint opportunities to save energy and money, but also opportunities to improve health and safety, and even help them with some of the low cost improvements that make a big impact.
What do you believe is the single most important factor when choosing a franchise?
Potential franchise owners really need to understand the sales/marketing/lead generation model for the franchises they are considering. As an entrepreneur, you need to make a fundamental decision between the two macro types of sales/marketing models that exist for a business: (a) a high cost/capital model for a lot of paid placements that hopefully make the phone ring, or (b) a low cost but activity based model geared towards establishing relationships that generate recurring lead flow. Each has its pros and cons and an individual may be better suited for one versus the other.
Why should someone choose your franchise over other similar franchises?
Pro Energy Consultants has the benefit of being the oldest and largest energy assessment franchise, which makes us the recognized leader and the most experienced in the industry. We also have a diversified service suite that includes residential and commercial building assessments. While our competitors use assessments to sell other products, questioning their ethics and whether they have the consumer's best interest in mind, we are completely objective and rely on science and our tools to tell you what will work best to make you more energy efficient and comfortable.
What makes your industry attractive?
Our industry is part of one of the hottest trends right now, and it is a trend that is only growing as the general population learns more! Specifically:
Our business is to help people Save Money, Save Energy, and Save the Environment, and our franchisees find that incredibly rewarding.
What types of qualities do you look for in potential franchisees?
We want someone with drive, determination, energy and a 'go-getter' attitude - the type of person who can naturally accomplish in a day what others will take a week to do. Our extensive training programs will teach someone the technical aspects of the business and we provide a very detailed sales/marketing plan. If we combine our know-how and programs with the motivated individual, the result is a recipe for success.
What do your franchise fees and royalties cover?
In a nutshell: everything. New franchisees are provided with extensive training; a launch marketing campaign; equipment including an infrared camera, blower door and smoke pencil; industry certification; one-on-one coaching and more. Ongoing, our franchisees receive technology, sales/marketing tools, training and one-on-one support to help them grow every year. We don't believe in add-on fees for every little thing there are no surprises.
How do territories work for your franchisees?
We award very large territories 450,000 people (there are an average 2.6 people per household in the US, so this roughly equates to 173,077 households).
Why has your franchise model been successful?
We provide owners with not only the technical know-how, but also the business and marketing support necessary to establish themselves in their local markets. And, we don't sit comfortable on past successes. We're always looking for the latest technology, marketing practice, service line, etc. that will keep our franchisees positioned as their market leader.
Where do you see your franchise in 5 years and 10 years?
With energy costs are forecasted to only rise in the future, Pro Energy will continue to be the leader in educating homeowners and businesses on how they can improve their energy use. Our service suite will expand as the general population's interest grows and knowledge increases. Pro Energy will also enter into more international markets as interest and knowledge increase abroad.
What is your favorite advice for new franchisees to help them succeed?
Whichever franchise you choose to join, FOLLOW THE SYSTEM! Pro Energy's parent group, Merrymeeting Group, Inc. (MMG) has worked with many franchise systems throughout the years and regardless of the business, the top performers have one thing in common they do all the outlined activities, participate in all the available programs, and take advantage of all the support and resources available.
What would you tell potential franchisees that may be nervous about the financial burdens of starting a franchise?
First, if you weren't nervous, you wouldn't be normal. Starting any business is both exciting and scary. The first key is making sure you've analyzed your personal expenses and working capital, and determined you truly are financially fit to start a business. The second key is to minimize your risk by keeping your business overhead low. And finally, follow the franchisor's launch plan it's designed to get you out-of-the-gate and generating positive cash flow as quickly as possible.
Can you explain your financial assistance (if applicable)?
Our low, all-inclusive initial franchise fee of $24,900 makes it very easy to start Pro Energy Consultants business compared to other franchises with high initial investments. Most franchise owners use a combination of personal savings, 401k, etc. to fund the startup and launch of their business. We may be able to offer additional assistance to very well-qualified individuals who meet our requirements.
On average, how long does it take to start a new franchise from the franchisees point of view?
Typically, a new franchise owner completes their training program within 30-45 days of executing their Franchise Agreement, and is fully launched within 4 weeks or less after that.
What was your background and experience before founding this franchise?
I worked in the HVAC industry for more than 15 years, and saw customers making the wrong improvements to try and improve the comfort of their home, or they would do nothing and simply suffer. I initially developed a division within my company that specialized in handling these situations, but when the company was bought out, the new ownership did not see the benefit in supporting that division. That was when I decided to start the business that eventually became Pro Energy Consultants.
Provide an overview/ description of your industry. Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today.
Energy costs and consumption have exploded into the consciousness of our nation's homeowners and businesses, making everyone increasingly vigilant about the energy they consume. Additionally, local and regional governments are starting to subsidize and reward homeowners who take a proactive role in making their home more energy efficient. People are looking for local experts to help them sort out myths from facts, and help them identify the opportunities that work best for their home or commercial building.
How has your industry changed in the last 10 years? 20 years?
When Mark Cannella started this business in 1995, "green" was still just a color. Now it is a trend that continues to grow, and will increasingly become a way of life for a growing number of demographics and regions.
What trends do you see in your industry over the next 5 years? Next 10 years?
Interest in being "green," reducing energy costs, and improving indoor comfort and health have increased exponentially in recent years, and we believe that will continue to grow at a rapid rate. Increased knowledge about the industry will promote building performance assessments becoming as normal as a home inspection in the buying process, to support prospective homeowners who are interested in knowing the utility costs and energy efficiency.
What is the biggest concern about your industry that a franchisee candidate should be aware of and investigate?
There are several competitors out there offering energy audits, but they use them to sell (typically expensive) products. We believe in the test, and providing our clients with an objective report on what improvements will have the highest impact to improve energy efficiency, health and comfort.
Why do you think your company stands out in the industry?
We are truly objective and customer-oriented. Our process requires that the client is present, and our assessment is meant to educate on the building performance. This gives them the power to make informed decisions on improvements that will have the biggest impact for specific problems.
What makes your franchise/ business opportunity more attractive than your competitor's?
Pro Energy Consultants has the benefit of being the oldest and largest energy assessment franchise, which makes us the recognized leader and the most experienced in the industry. We also have a diversified service suite that includes residential and commercial building assessments, and we are constantly looking to expand into additional areas that will give our owners additional revenue streams, as well as to assist our franchisees' customers.
Describe the ideal candidate. Do you think your requirements are any different than your competitor's?
We want someone with drive, determination, energy and a 'go-getter' attitude - the type of person who can naturally accomplish in a day what others will take a week to do. Our extensive training programs will teach someone the technical aspects of the business and we provide a very detailed sales/marketing plan. If we combine our know-how and programs with the motivated individual, the result is a recipe for success. Because our investment parameters are much lower, our financial requirements are more feasible for a wider range of people.
What's the strongest skill you require in a candidate?
The willingness and ability to execute our sales and marketing program thoroughly is absolutely paramount. A person who has had previous experience in this area and understands how to build and maintain relationships is definitely preferred. No previous experience in the industry is required.
Describe the working environment of your franchisees (indoors, home office, mobile, etc). Is your environment typical of other companies in your industry?
Most of our franchisee's businesses are home based. And no matter how large your business grows or the number of inspectors working for you, it can remain that way (thus increasing your profit potential). Franchise owners love the mobility and flexibility of their days, along with a relaxed yet professional working atmosphere. Each day is a blend of interesting and stimulating activities, such as helping customers save money on utility bills by performing assessments, giving educational presentations to industry partners, or showing kids (and their parents) at a home show how cool your infrared camera is!
Why has your company been successful?
We are always looking for ways to help our franchisees grow, from one-to-one weekly coaching calls with individuals to researching additional revenue streams and opportunities.
What advice would you give someone interested in buying a franchise in your industry?
Our franchisees are in this industry because they find it rewarding to help others save money, improve the health and safety of their home, and be part of a responsible movement.
How much experience in this industry should a franchisee candidate have should they consider buying a franchise in your industry?
No experience in the industry is needed- we provide comprehensive technical training that will make you an expert by the time you complete the program.
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