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50% Energy Savings in the Residential Sector? Deep Energy Retrofits Are Making it Possible
The need for innovative ways to reduce residential energy use is growing. States are setting increasingly aggressive energy savings targets for utilities and program administrators, as well as longer-term energy reduction goals that call for even greater savings. In California, for example, their goal calls for a 40% reduction in existing homes’ energy use by 2020. While this is an ambitious goal, considering that savings from the highest-performing residential retrofit programs top out at about 30%, it is increasingly feasible. New research and program experiences show savings of more than 50% of home energy use can be achieved through deep energy retrofit projects. Deep energy retrofits rely on significant upgrades to a home’s shell and mechanical systems to deliver much more comfortable, long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and low-energy houses.
Our new report on residential deep energy retrofits reviews the latest research and program experiences, while providing recommendations for next-generation programs designed to target savings of more than 50% of the energy used in the home. In the report, we assess four major program and research efforts involving particular retrofit processes, technologies, and savings opportunities, including one utility-scale deep energy retrofit efficiency program…
To continue reading the blog post visit: http://aceee.org/blog/2014/03/50-energy-savings-residential-sector-
To read the research report visit: http://aceee.org/research-report/a1401
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