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Goal: Improve Residential Energy Efficiency

Our most promising energy resource lies not in some new fuel or yet-to-be-invented technology, but rather in the potential to reduce demand through improvements in energy efficiency. This toolkit describes policies that can be used to reduce energy consumption in the residential sector, helping to mitigate environmental impacts, reduce utility costs, and improve home comfort.

A Webinar presentation accompanying the July 2010 launch of this section featured a discussion of the CNT Energy's Energy Savers program by Peter Ludwig, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager at CNT Energy and and comments from Mary Wenzel, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Wells Fargo. Click here to view a recording of the webinar, or click here to download slides from Peter's PowerPoint presentation.

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Overview

The Christopher's Green Roof
Start here for an overview of the tools discussed in this section and the accompanying Forum discussion group.


Set standards and offer incentives
Mills of Carthage
Adopt policies to spur investment in residential energy efficiency, whether through regulatory mechanisms or incentives programs.

Provide low-cost
financing
Portland Place
Support energy-efficient upgrades with financing tools designed to help families better afford the costs.


Build contractor
capacity
Benedict Commons
Ensure the quality and availability of energy-efficient retrofits and rehab, and help to create a skilled workforce.


Provide audits to measure and verify performance
Greenbridge
Identify opportunities for energy-efficient improvements and confirm that the work has been well-executed.

Educate consumers about energy efficiency
Troy Gardens
Build awareness of the value of
energy-efficiency and steps that families can take to reduce energy use.



Photo credits (clockwise from top left): The Christopher, New York, NY -- photo credit: Todd France Photography, courtesy of Common Ground; Mills of Carthage, Cincinnati OH -- courtesy of Potterhill Homes; Portland Place, Minneapolis MN -- courtesy of LHB, Incl; Troy Gardens, Madison WI -- photo credit: Madison Area Community Land Trust; Greenbridge, White Center WA -- photo credit: Rick Keating, courtesy of King County Housing Authority; Benedict Commons, Aspen CO -- photo courtesy of Jonathan Rose Companies


The Center for Housing Policy gratefully acknowledges the guidance of Lori Bamberger in development of this section, as well as input and feedback provided for this policy section by the following reviewers (in alphabetical order): Todd Nedwick, National Housing Trust; Brian Ng, US Department of Energy; Jeremy Signon, US Green Building Council.

Wells Fargo logoThis section of HousingPolicy.org was developed with generous support from Wells Fargo. Please note, however, that the views and opinions expressed in the Toolkit, as well as any errors or omissions, are those of the Center for Housing Policy only and do not necessarily reflect the positions of reviewers or any other entity.