Residential behavior-based energy-efficiency programs have been identified as a potential major source of new energy savings. A new report and presentation by EMP researchers provides guidance on methodologies for rigorously estimating those savings. However, the widespread adoption of these programs faces obstacles, including questions about whether observed energy savings are valid and attributable to the behavior program, the savings persist over time, and the results shown for one program can be applied to another program.
"We recommend using a scientific experimental design method called a randomized controlled trial," says Annika Todd, the report's lead author. "This method is the gold standard for producing valid energy savings estimates that are robust and unbiased."