Online Energy Audit Data Now Available for the First Time
Housing attributes and energy habits from more than 120,000 U.S. households illuminates the opportunities for energy efficiency upgrades and potential savings in the country.
Generic residential building stock data is widely available. Utilities, city planners, and other professionals rely on this data to understand the profile of homes in a given market. However, representative housing data cannot help determine the triggers or motivations of homeowners; in short, why they would act.
The key piece of missing information is a homeowner’s propensity to seek out energy efficiency information, rebates, incentives, and potential. Access to residential building stock data from homeowners and residents who have expressed an interest in energy efficiency improvements can help utilities and cities design incentives and build programs that will move the needle on energy efficiency and demand-side management programs.
Interactive Infographic Unlocks the Data
EnergySavvy has compiled a Residential Data Assessment, the result of more than 120,000 completed online energy audits with Optix Engage on EnergySavvy.com between 2010 and 2013. The audits were completed by homeowners and residents who visited EnergySavvy.com, primarily as a result of natural search terms indicating an active interest in home energy efficiency upgrades (for example: ”energy rebates Boston”).
This interactive infographic pinpoints energy efficiency potential by state through analyzed, region-specific data. It uncovers opportunity for savings by aggregating the potential within heating, cooling, wall and attic insulation, appliances, and usage habits, as well as attributes like draftiness, age, and size of home.
For EnergySavvy’s utility customers, the source data is available for custom analysis on a state-level and within specific service territories. Data from a customer implementation of Optix Engage can help utilities design and plan energy efficiency programs that match specific needs in the market, as well as provide the tools to target the appropriate segment of households that are in the market for those programs.
Using this type of data, a utility DSM executive could answer questions like:
- Which homes are oil-heated and would have the best return on an upgrade to a high efficiency gas furnace or electric heat pump?
- Which homes reportedly feel drafty and could benefit from low-cost, high impact air sealing?
- Which homes have thermostats set high in the winter and low in the summer and could benefit from incentives for programmable thermostats or behavioral programs?
- Which homes have old refrigerators and could take advantage of recycling programs and rebates on a newer, more efficient model?
The EnergySavvy Residential Data Assessment data set contains over five million data points that help uncover untapped energy efficiency potential across the country. For utility marketers, program managers or DSM portfolio executives, this information could be invaluable.
Energy Efficiency Opportunity by State
Here’s a look at some specific insights by state:
Lighting: North and South Dakotans report using more conventional light bulbs than any other state, at 1.5 times the national average. Vermonters, by contrast, report using efficient bulbs at the highest rate, 1.8 times the national average.
Appliances: States with the most stand-alone freezers in addition to a primary fridge and freezer? Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, all in excess of 2x the national average.
Heating Set Point: West Virginians like it warmer in the winter. They set their thermostats higher than most other states. Rhode Islanders keep their homes the coolest in winter.
Air Conditioning: Mississippians have the highest percentage of homes with central AC older than 15 years. 28% of homes with central AC could be candidates for upgrades or replacement.
Cooling Set Point: Alabamans set their thermostats cooler than any other state in the summer. Others who keep their AC chillier than average include residents of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
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