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Residential Initiatives

Creating significant savings in homes across the Northwest

Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s 6th Power Plan projects that energy efficiency in the residential sector has the potential to save the region more than 3,000 aMW by 2030 — enough to power over 2 million Northwest homes each year. Consumer electronics and heating/cooling in homes could account for more than half of these savings.

NEEA accelerates the delivery and adoption of energy-efficient products and services through the following residential initiatives:

 

Certified Built Homes

Certified Homes/Next Step Site-Built Homes

Building market availability and consumer interest in more energy-efficient homes.

Ductless Heat Pump

Ductless Heat Pumps

Building market capability and consumer awareness of efficient new residential HVAC technology.

HPWH

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Engaging manufacturers to produce HPWHs that meet the Northern Climate Specification with the long-term goal of creating a federal standard.

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Manufactured Homes

Accelerating adoption of a voluntary standard for efficient manufactured homes to increase energy savings opportunities for rural and urban lower income customers.

Retail Product Portfolio

Retail Product Portfolio

Piloting an initiative that uses mid-stream incentives to influence retail stocking practices.

Efficient Dryers

Super-Efficient Dryers

Influencing product designs, minimizing risk for  utility partners by conducting laboratory tests of new products before they are widely distributed in the market.

  • Revising the TV Energy Use Test Procedure: Incorporating HDR and other Needed Changes
    The measurement method of television energy consumption has been largely consistent within the United States for the last decade. TVs have improved remarkably in energy efficiency during that time. It is important to understand how much of those apparent energy savings are the result of fundamental improvements to TV technology itself versus optimizing how TVs perform under the specific conditions of the test procedure. Early in 2016 Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) recognized that a substantial body of emerging research was pointing to serious flaws in the current U.S. TV test procedure and energy use assumptions. As a result, NEEA commissioned this research and report to better understand how to improve the test procedure, what qualities a new test clip should possess, and how to make progress toward an optimal long-term test procedure in the interim to better inform current labeling and incentive programs.
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  • Thermal Break Shear Wall: A Case Study of Rigid Foam Insulation between Frame and Sheating
    As part of our work on efficient homes, NEEA developed a case study on a Thermal Break Shear, an innovative wall assembly recently used in a zero-net-energy subdivision in Washington County, Oregon. This study demonstrates the opportunity for significant energy savings in a simple, low-cost assembly that offers additional benefits such as seismic tolerance while satisfying the requirements of the structural code.
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  • Next Step Home Builder Focus Groups
    The primary goal of the Next Step Homes initiative is to identify best practices and advanced technologies that the region can adopt into building codes over the next three to four code cycles. To encourage builders to incorporate high performance features into their new projects and to accelerate adoption of advanced energy-efficient building practices and technologies, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance commissioned Curtis Research Associates to investigate the motivations and obstacles to building more energy-efficient homes. Results from focus group discussions held in Portland, Seattle and Spokane suggest that builders have different motivations to build higher than existing code standards such as differentiating themselves in the marketplace, or strong personal ethics that favor energy efficient building practices. Common challenges to building above code homes include higher costs, appraisers’ inability to assess higher value to more efficient homes, and lack of buyers’ awareness or appreciation of energy-efficient homes.
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Solution Stories

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I Want My DHP

Formula Fabrication, a family owned HVAC company, saved their business and is saving local customers energy and electricity costs by partnering with Flathead Electric Cooperative to install ductless heat pumps (DHPs) in Libby, Mont.