Does anyone else find the $300 membership fee a bit rich for a business consisting of only one self-employed owner?
At $100 I might consider it, but at $300 they've pretty much prevented me from affording it.
What has Efficiency First done for me that warrants $300/year membership? To date, not a thing. I find this fee to be quite exorbitant and as a result, I don't think I'm going to renew this year.
I've sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking them what justifies this cost, but haven't received any reply for 10 days now... Sealing the deal of no renewal.
Anyone else find this rate excessive?.
I do. We have to think efficiency first when we spend our hard earned dollars, and it.s not efficient to pay $300 a year for a club membership. Don't let the dot org fool you this is a business whose main concern is profit, not education.I always get e-mails from them to "attend the latest webinar" $50 for nonmembers and approved for "x" credit hours from BPI. I also find it laughable that you get credit hours for marketing, sales etc. We should get credit for not paying for these bogus "continuing education credits" I gain valuable insight on our profession right here from seasoned veterans who know what their doing and explain things in a very straightforward and understandable manner. My hats off to Home Energy Pros website we share knowledge for free.
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Incredibly excessive! So excessive, in fact, that it would cover 4 of my home electricity bills, perhaps 6 in the near future. Let's keep our our annual and monthly costs down so we can enjoy a movie out once in a while!
To be fair, after resending my original email, Coby from EF called almost immediately and left a message followed by an email with his take on the worth of the membership price. Apparently my first email fell between the cracks, no malice intended. Coby is and has always been a champion for that organization. I also need to be very clear that I'm not against the organization whatsoever, I simply have issue with the price of membership. Here is the response Coby sent:
Hey Coby, thanks for the reply. I was away from my phone when you called, so sorry about that. And thanks for the personal reply as well.Outside of a phone call, and outside of the normal canned responses about what Efficiency First does for the home performance industry, I'm specifically looking for an answer to how this $300 benefits me directly as a small business owner of an energy auditing and weatherization consulting business? I've had two years prior of membership and can't say I benefitted from it at all, even after working tirelessly on the GoldStar program with local NM politicians. That never came to fruition. I mean, if my membership were to get me a $300 discount on liability insurance with errors and omissions protection, I'd consider it. Or if I could get $300 off diagnostic equipment, that would be great too. But the offerings that EF has shown me in the past didn't add up to $300. So I ask again, how does this $300 benefit me directly? And why is it that a company of 12 can pay the $300 for all employess to be members, but a hard-working, struggling guy like myself has to pay the full $300? That doesn't add up...Rod