Summary of findings and bibliography for the Department of Energy's innovative residential retrofit delivery system demonstrations

by Deborah Both, Robert Dubinsky, Paul T. Hill


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The Department of Energy was interested in learning more about which kinds of energy conservation services are of greater use to homeowners and in assessing the potential impact of integrated retrofit delivery systems in accelerating household retrofits. RAND's task was to recommend a set of demonstrations to study the integrated retrofit delivery system approach and test alternative designs for packaging and delivering retrofit services. This paper summarizes findings from RAND field visits and secondary research on how energy conservation services are currently being provided and lists the publications and documents that were used. The bibliography, presented in 14 sections, covers such subjects as economics of conservation, federal energy conservation programs and evaluations, consumer behavior and energy conservation, and solar energy. The literature indicates that not enough attention has been given to understanding why homeowners choose to retrofit or not, and to whether or not energy conservation service programs can affect the rate or completeness of retrofits.

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