Home energy report programs have become a cornerstone of many utilities’ energy-efficiency portfolios in recent years. Through these programs, utilities send electronic or paper reports to residential customers, educating them about their energy use and encouraging them to conserve electricity or natural gas. Millions of utility customers receive these reports from their utilities.
Impact studies conducted by Opower reveal that these programs typically resulted in average electricity savings between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent of energy use during the first two program years. Now that home energy report programs from utilities across the United States have begun to mature, we can begin to assess savings over the longer term.
In an analysis of four major impact studies of Opower home energy report programs, Cadmus reveals key insights into the long-term savings implications of these programs, both beyond the first years of establishment and after the programs conclude.
Download Long-Run Savings and Cost-Effectiveness of Home Energy Report Programs today and you’ll find out:
- How do home energy report programs perform over the long term?
- What happens to energy savings when the program administrator stops sending home energy reports?
- How does the persistence or decay of savings affect program savings, measure-life calculations, and cost-effectiveness?
- Our recommendations for a regulatory approach that more accurately captures post-treatment savings.