Energy Advisory Services

Collaboration Leads to Growth for Trade Ally

Responsibilities of an energy advisor include project inspections and serving as primary point of contact for service providers (SP) participating in an energy efficiency program. There’s also an outreach and training element to help SPs expand their service offerings and grow their businesses.

Jim Mikolajczak has been an energy advisor with i3 Energy since 2017. He’s built relationships with hundreds of service providers throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2021, Jim onboarded Ryan, an Illinois lighting contractor, to the ComEd energy efficiency program.

With Jim’s assistance on some energy assessments and direction on the application process, Ryan quickly overcame his skepticism of the program and its benefits to become a top producer. With a shift of focus in 2024 from energy savings through lighting to savings through non-lighting measures, Jim and Ryan again collaborated to look at opportunities in refrigeration.

At a grocery store that had recently been renovated with updated lighting, Jim showed Ryan that the store’s 50+ cooler and freezer doors equipped with door heaters that ran 24/7 could be upgraded with energy efficient anti-sweat door heaters and controls that used a fraction of the energy. Using the appropriate incentive worksheet from ComEd, they determined that, due to the huge energy savings possible, there were $50K in incentives available.

From Ryan's collaboration with Jim there was a clear progression in his understanding and implementation of energy-efficient solutions. In 2022, 67% of Ryan’s jobs were indoor lighting and controls. In 2023, it was nearly 82%. In 2024, a projected 56% of Ryan’s business will be in refrigeration measures. Jim's guidance and Ryan’s willingness to step out of his comfort zone has led to significant achievements in terms of project implementation and growth.

Cold case with anti-sweat door heaters and controls
Jim Mikolajczak
Jim Mikolajczak

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