Monday, December 19, 2011

Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Report

Delivering Energy Efficiency to
Middle Income Single Family Households


A study released today by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) identifies steps that energy efficiency program managers and policy makers can take to deliver significant savings on home energy bills to middle income U.S. households. Middle income households – those making about $32,500 to $72,500 per year – account for a third of total U.S. residential energy use and figure prominently in meeting energy savings targets that now exist in most states.
The report offers a variety of strategies for making inroads on this challenging market, including:
  • Improving the effectiveness and appeal of outreach efforts specific to this market;
  • Increasing access to financing through credit enhancements, alternative underwriting, and new financial products;
  • Addressing health, safety and building structural issues in conjunction with efficiency upgrades;
  • Bringing additional complementary public policies into play.
This report weaves these strategies into a multifaceted approach to motivating and enabling middle income households to invest in energy efficiency.
The report includes a 10-page Executive Summary and four cases studies. 
  • The report is available HERE.
  • Register for the first webinar in the Middle Income Webinar Series on January 24 (11am-12PT) HERE
Coming in 2012 - additional resources, policy briefs and webinars related to this report available at: middleincome.lbl.gov.


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