Reaching the Underserved
A Collaborative Approach to Serving Income-Qualified Customers
Fifteen forward-looking utilities are offering their residential customers a chance to perform energy audits on their own homes, any time of the day, for free. The customers can simply go to the utility's Web site, enter their utility account number, and spend 30 minutes answering questions on-line about their home, appliances, and usage patterns. [continue reading]
When Home Energy first covered the halogen torchiere story ("Bright Prospects for CFL Torchieres," Jan/Feb '97, p. 13), the news was pretty grim. [continue reading]
Massachusetts is the hold-out. When the federal Residential Conservation Service law expired in 1990, most states got rid of mandatory home energy audits. But a 1980 state law still requires Massachusetts electric and gas utilities to provide home energy audits to customers on demand, paid for by a surcharge on energy bills. [continue reading]
Faster than you can caulk a windowsill, California is restructuring its electric industry. In the process, the state is radically changing the way efficiency services are funded and delivered. [continue reading]
Today, you may be an insulator, HVAC technician, or builder. Maybe you're a lighting designer, or a publicist for efficient buildings. But in the new market, you will be an energy efficiency service provider. [continue reading]
Builder education takes many forms. One of the most effective ways for builders to learn new techniques is to walk a construction site ask questions. When the site turns into a home where residents feel comfortable and save money, the students use the techniques they learned. [continue reading]
As part of its efforts to promote energy-efficient residential HVAC systems, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) looked into air conditioner sizing. [continue reading]
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