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Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2017

This toolkit describes how to strengthen residential energy efficiency program outreach and marketing efforts through data-driven, tailored efforts to change behaviors. One of the greatest challenges facing the residential energy efficiency market is motivating people to take steps to save energy. This toolkit provides guidance, resources, and examples for applying community-based social marketing (CBSM) to increase the number of homes that are energy efficient.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2017

On Efficiency Maine’s "Find a Residential Registered Vendor" locator on its website, customers can see the services each contractor offers, sort the list by distance from the homeowner, and differentiate contractors based on number of projects completed and customer satisfaction. All contractors are added to the list when they meet the program's requirements.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2017

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on key challenges and opportunities to deploy neighborhood energy programs. Speakers include the City of Orlando, SEEDS, and Research Into Action, Inc.

Author: Energy Futures Group; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2017

This report provides a comprehensive review and analysis of home energy upgrade programs with proven track records, focusing on those with robustly verified savings and constituting good examples for replication. This meta-analysis describes program models and implementation strategies for direct install upgrades; heating, HVAC replacement and early retirement; and comprehensive, whole-home upgrades.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2017

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on how recent policy changes have impacted residential energy efficiency program implementation. Speakers include Efficiency Maine, Michigan Environmental Council, and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2016

Year in review annual report which includes program data and success stories.

Author: NMR Group, Inc.
Publication Date: 2016

This report identifies opportunities for Connecticut's Home Energy Solutions program (HES) to increase savings related to air sealing, duct sealing, and insulation.

Author: NMR Group, Inc.; Energy Futures Group
Publication Date: 2016

This report presents the results from a comprehensive impact and process evaluation of Efficiency Maine's Low-Income Multifamily Weatherization Program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on challenges and strategies for working in cold climates.

Author: Efficiency Maine Trust
Publication Date: 2015

This Multifamily Technical Reference Manuals (TRMs) provide documentation for the Trust's calculation of energy and demand savings from energy efficiency measures.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2015

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on types of incentives.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2014

This form is used to itemize energy conservation measures as an eligibility requirement under Efficiency Maine's Home Energy Savings Program.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2014

A short, checklist-style form that contractors complete to participate in Efficiency Maine. The form allows contractors to verify whether they meet basic program requirements, identify their specialized service offerings and qualifications, and describe other information about their businesses.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2014

This case study discusses Efficiency Maine's successful statewide Residential Direct Install (RDI) program that was established in 2012 to help create demand for home energy assessments and upgrades.

Author: Dana Fischer, Efficiency Maine Trust
Publication Date: 2014

Insights from Efficiency Maine related to Workforce Development.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2014

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on choosing and developing program evaluation.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

This case study highlights a 20-unit apartment building that gained energy savings and comfort through Efficiency Maine.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

This case study highlights the first project completed under Efficiency Maine's Multifamily Efficiency Program.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

Efficiency Maine developed this online portal, where many of its program forms are available for download (e.g., program overviews and manuals, participation agreements, and related application materials).

Author: Opinion Dynamics Corporation
Publication Date: 2013

This report presents the results of an independent evaluation of Efficiency Maine Trust's Residential Direct Install Program for Fiscal Year 2013.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on gathering and communicating loan performance data.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013

This peer exchange call summary focused on moving from assessments to upgrades in multifamily buildings.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2013

This summary from a Better Buildings Residential Network peer exchange call focused on the features and eligibility of the PowerSaver Loan Program. 

Author: Richard Faesy and Chris Kramer, Energy Futures Group (Prepared for the Energy Foundation)
Publication Date: 2013

This report explores the approaches and research needs identified in the Building Retrofit Industry and Market (BRIM) Initiative through in-depth discussion with residential energy upgrade experts including a discussion of Marketing & Outreach and the program/contractor interface.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2013

Sample energy reduction plan that details specific steps to be taken by the ownership and management at 1234 Any Street to achieve estimated energy savings based on an energy assessment.

Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration
Publication Date: 2013

For this inventory, EIA reviewed and catalogued 329 data sources containing state energy efficiency program evaluation results into an inventory. The focus of this inventory is to support the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) and to research cost information in state-mandated energy efficiency program evaluations.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This publication summarizes some of the incentives offered by Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This peer exchange call summary focused on sales training assistance programs for contractors.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2012

Efficiency Maine created a code of conduct for contractors to follow when working in homes. The code is available for download on the Efficiency Maine website, and dictates guidelines for respecting homeowners' property and communicating with the homeowner about appropriate information. Users on the Efficiency Maine website can search a list of vendors that have agreed to follow the code.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This video explains how Efficiency Maine helped contractors gain sales and business skills through training, which helped the program improve assessment-to-upgrade conversion rates and homeowner satisfaction.

Author: Efficiency Maine
Publication Date: 2012

This presentation from Efficiency Maine shows early adopters and higher income residents tend to take advantage of large incentives, but smaller incentives may be a way to engage a broader range of income levels.

Keeping Up With Your Audience, So They Keep Up With Your Program
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012
Presentation

This webcast discussed how market research can help spur demand for home energy efficiency programs.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This fact sheet provides promising approaches for Better Buildings programs seeking to accelerate workforce development to support building energy upgrades. These approaches are organized by estimated level of effort and include rough estimates of cost ranges for implementation.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This case study explains how Efficiency Maine provided contractor sales training to boost upgrade conversions.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2012

This case study describes Efficiency Maine's Home Energy Savings Program (HESP), one of the few large residential energy efficiency programs that has attempted to navigate the transition from rebate-focused offerings to financing focused offerings that better align with its limited budget.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2011

This presentation includes the brands, website addresses, and images for most of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

This Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Clean Energy Policy Brief describes how adding sales skills to contractors' existing technical expertise helps convert more assessments into comprehensive home energy upgrades. It profiles Efficiency Maine's contractor sales training and includes a list of resources.

Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide Overview
Author: Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group; Andy Meyer, Efficiency Maine; Nikki Kuhn, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

Webcast on the DOE Residential Retrofit Program Design Guide, which focuses on the key elements and design characteristics of building and maintaining a successful residential upgrade program.

Workforce Development and Sales Training for Energy Efficiency Contractors
Author: Elizabeth Stuart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast reports on the energy efficiency services sector workforce size, expectations for growth, and training needs and features a case studies from Efficiency Vermont and Efficiency Maine.

Designing Effective Incentives to Drive Residential Retrofit Program Participation
Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2010
Presentation, Media, Transcript

This webcast covers information about designing effective incentives to drive residential retrofit program participation.