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The Key to Residential Energy Efficiency

September/October 2007
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 04, 2007
Most of you reading this magazine are probably lucky enough to have energy conservation efforts in your area. Many of these efforts take the form of programs that encourage, support, and incentivize energy saving but do not actually install energy saving measures. Some of these programs are state sponsored, many operate through the various utilities, and some are even regionally or nationally based. No matter who funds or designs the programs, the goals are almost always the same: to lower the consumer’s energy bill, reduce total load growth, mitigate environmental damage, and reduce dependence on scarce fossil fuels. But in our experience in the weatherization and energy services fields, the divide between conservation programs and the homeowner is often too vast, making energy conservation goals much more difficult to achieve than they need to be.

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