The RBSA will provide the region with useful information for residences, utilities, and researchers in order to improve energy efficiency practices and identify opportunities for energy efficiency in the future. This is the third RBSA study to be conducted in the region since 2011, across Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington state. NEEA has hired an energy consulting and research firm, Evergreen Economics, and its subcontractors, Driftless Energy, Michaels Energy and Evergreen Consulting Group, to conduct this research study. These firms will be contacting residents throughout the region to participate.
This study involves gathering information from on-site assessments at participating homes, apartments and condos. These onsite assessments will take approximately 3-6 hours depending on the size of the residence. Evergreen Economics and its partner firms will collect information on energy-using equipment and building characteristics that affect energy consumption. They will also request authorization to collect electric and natural gas consumption data for all study participants from their electric and natural gas utilities. Participants will receive a $100 incentive for participation. There are also additional incentives available for residents who qualify for additional HVAC and ductwork testing.