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Ontario Utility Company Uses Visual Heat Loss Data to Unlock Customer Interest in Energy Efficiency Programs

Homeowners are more engaged when they can see their home heat loss that causes high energy bills.

The Challenge

With a growing need for increased participation in residential energy efficiency programs, Union Gas (now a part of Enbridge Gas) sought an innovative way to boost engagement via their direct mail and social media channels.

The Approach

Union Gas partnered with MyHEAT to collect thermal data for 17,000 homes in Hamilton, Ontario. The goal of the pilot was to engage customers using MyHEAT's home Heat Loss Maps and motivate participation in energy efficiency programs using social comparison techniques.

Homeowners within specific postal code areas were informed of the program through direct mailers and Facebook ads that prompted them to visit the MyHEAT platform to find and view their homes.

Customers in specific neighbourhoods were reached through targeted marketing

Customers in specific neighbourhoods were reached through targeted marketing

MyHEAT HEAT Maps show areas of home heat loss

Aerial thermal images allowed homeowners to see where their homes lose heat

When a resident accessed their home profile, they were shown a personalized MyHEAT HEAT Map that visually identified specific areas of heat loss in their home. Their home was also given a HEAT Rating that measured how it compared to others in the same neighbourhood and city.

An example of a HEAT Map showing the thermal image of a home

An example of a HEAT Map showing the thermal image of a home. Red shows areas where more heat loss may be occurring.

An example of a HEAT Rating where a home's heat loss is compared to others on a scale from 1-10

An example of a HEAT Rating where a home's heat loss is compared to others on a scale from 1-10. The higher the score, the more heat loss is likely to occur.

After viewing their HEAT Maps, engaged customers looking to prevent heat loss, reduce their energy usage, and save money were directed to energy efficiency incentive programs offered through Union Gas. All activity and conversion rates were tracked through Google Analytics so that Union Gas could see exactly how customers were engaging with and taking action through the platform.


The Results

The partnership with MyHEAT enabled Union Gas to drive a 10.5% response rate (1,800 homes), which surpassed the target of 6.5%, (1,127 homes).

This pilot program also generated significant interest outside of the pilot area, with users searching for approximately 700 additional homes. Though these additional homes were not available for the pilot program, users were still prompted to explore Union Gas energy efficiency programs with calls-to-action that resulted in a 39% click-through rate, 16 times higher than the industry average.

Response to mailers

Mailer response was two times the industry average

Response to Facebook ads

Facebook response was seven times the industry average

Click-through rate on the website

Click-through rate was 16 times the industry average to Union Gas website


Quick Stats

  • The direct mailer response was 2x the industry average for efficiency programming participation
  • The social media response rate (via Facebook ads under postal code restrictions) was 7x the industry average
  • The click-through rate was 16x the industry average to the Union Gas website

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