Retrofitting residential buildings for energy efficiency lowers a home’s energy consumption by using cost-effective energy saving measures that do not require extensive remodeling work. Residential retrofitting forms Conservation Services Group’s core achievement as we specialize in designing and implementing mid- to large-scale residential energy efficiency programs that promote multiple efficiencies per house.
For successful home weatherization retrofits in residential energy assessment programs nationwide, CSG uses our powerful EnergyMeasure® energy audit software tools to measure, track, and seamlessly integrate all aspects of the retrofit process. To learn more about our energy efficiency software, visit EnergyMeasure.com.
CSG uses the “whole house approach” to the fullest extent possible within any home weatherization program. When evaluating a home for energy efficiency we consider, along with health and safety measures:
- Thermal envelope – building shell, insulation, and air leakage
- Mechanical systems – HVAC efficiency, renewable electricity generation, solar thermal and domestic hot water
- Appliances and lighting
- Occupant behavior
Our "whole house approach" to weatherization looks at these areas and their interaction given usage rates, building site and climate to assess the home's overall energy efficiency and performance, and to make targeted recommendations for improvement that ultimately reduce residential energy demand.
CSG works with utilities and state and federal agencies to build effective home energy assessment programs based on the whole house approach. We are a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited contractor and are affiliated with BPI for testing, training and QA.
- Safety testing of combustion appliances
- Blower door – evaluation of building leakage
- Duct blaster – duct system performance testing
- Infrared camera – to detect deficiencies in insulation & air sealing
From energy efficiency program design to producing measurable results, our established internal processes enable streamlined program start-up, training, implementation, strategic marketing, quality control, certification and reporting functions.
Why is Residential Energy Efficiency Important?
Energy conservation is often referred to as the "least-cost" energy strategy, and for good reason. Reducing consumption of energy in homes does more than just save money; it also reduces the costs associated with today’s numerous environmental and social challenges. CSG partners with its clients to develop and implement effective marketing programs that help reduce energy demand and educate consumers on the benefits of residential energy efficiency.
Residential Retrofit Facts & Statistics
According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), residential energy use accounted for 22 percent of our total energy consumption in 2008. Furthermore, the DOE shows a steady increase in residential usage each year and the trend is projected to grow by 57 percent over the next 25 years.
Here are just a few examples of CSG's measurable success in retrofitting homes for energy efficiency:
- Case study: Increase of 397 percent of rebated A/C equipment for Kansas City Power & Light
- Case study: CSG's Home Owner Workshop Series in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
- Case study: Social marketing campaign that resulted in 0 percent increase in load growth and two megawatt peak load reduction for NSTAR Electric