Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
The study aims to answer a simple and important question: do Home Energy Score reports effectively drive increased follow-through and deeper retrofits?
Using easily understood scores to raise awareness about the energy performance of homes has the potential to transform the residential energy-efficiency market by motivating homeowners and homebuyers to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program is also engaging academic leaders in behavior research to support the evaluation efforts and maximize the impact of the Home Energy Score in driving demand for residential energy efficiency. Thirty program Partners have used Home Energy Score to score more than 8,500 homes nationwide.
The EnergySavvy study involves randomly selected control and test groups of homeowners. Homeowners in the control group receive the home energy report that auditors provide through the utilities’ existing programs; homeowners in the test group receive an additional Home Energy Score report. All audit and project data are tracked, quantified and analyzed using EnergySavvy’s Optix platform, cloud-based software for utility demand-side management, to provide firm correlation data. This will confirm how use of the Home Energy Score relates to program follow-through and deeper retrofit activities. DOE’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR