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Case Studies

Author: Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: 2011

Article on how one company added a for-profit weatherization business to its nonprofit organization -- and how they now work successfully together.

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

This case study features a Massachusetts-based program that used an SUV-mounted thermal imaging camera to evaluate thermal leakage from homes.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

Discusses innovative financing options designed to expand the accessibility of energy efficiency financing to households that typically do not qualify for traditional loans.

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

This case study describes Austin Energy's short-term, comprehensive rebate/financing offer to jump-start participation and valuable lessons learned along the way.

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

This case study discusses strategies that Austin Energy, a municipally owned utility, used to collaborate closely with building contractors to launch a new Best Offer Ever promotion quickly and effectively.

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

This case study describes an innovative program design used by BetterBuildings for Michigan to "sweep" neighborhoods in order to effectively reach its residential audience and achieve an 80% participation rate among those canvassed.

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

This case study discusses the strategies Clean Energy Works Oregon's (now Enhabit's) used to actively engage contractors to make the program successful (e.g., balancing contractors' work priorities, enforcing quality standards).

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

Building on its understanding of homeowners in Rutland County, Vermont, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) enlisted respected local citizens and organizations to spread the word about home energy efficiency upgrade opportunities, an effort that helped drive demand for nearly 200 home upgrades in just six months

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

This case study shares how Seattle's Community Power Works engaged a vast network of partners to build on existing capacity and knowledge, extending the reach of its program in a short period of time.

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

Through its target audience research, Rutland, Vermont's NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad learned that neighbors are the most trusted messengers of energy efficiency upgrade information, rather than governments or utilities.

Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: 2011

Case study highlighting Saint Louis County, MO's use of QECBs to fund a residential energy efficiency loan program.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: 2009

This case study describes the experience of HartmanBaldwin, an architecture and construction company in Pasadena, CA, in becoming Home Performance with ENERGY STAR certified contractors. It includes a detailed example of a home performance upgrade from start to finish based on building science and other principles of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR training program

Author: California Institute for Energy and Environment
Publication Date: 2009

This paper reviews 18 residential energy efficiency financing programs and attempts to describe the limitations and strengths of existing programs.

Author: Alliance to Save Energy
Publication Date: 2009

This brief focuses on loan programs in 30 states that are currently providing low- to no-interest loans to finance energy efficiency improvements--from energy-efficient windows to replacement HVAC systems--in the residential, business, and public sectors.

Author: U.S. Department of Energy

These case studies highlight examples of participating contractors who have employed Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to help homeowners improve their home's comfort and lower their utility bills.

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