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Laura Langham E-Conservation Program Manager Dr. Sarah Kirby Associate Professor and Housing Specialist

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Laura Langham E-Conservation Program Manager Dr. Sarah Kirby Associate Professor and Housing Specialist

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  1. E-Conservation Residential Energy Education Program Laura Langham E-Conservation Program Manager Dr. Sarah Kirby Associate Professor and Housing Specialist

  2. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Mission: North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enriches the lives, land and economy of North Carolina. Personnel: 381 faculty and staff at NCSU 694 faculty and staff in county locations (407 county agents) 46,081 volunteers. Facilities: 101 county offices, 2 Regional Extension Centers, 6 4-H Camps and Education Centers Partners: County Governments, USDA, other land grant universities, Energy Efficiency Contractors, etc.

  3. E-Conservation Residential Energy Education Program • Provides consumers with education about ways to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency in the home • Teaches consumers to be proactive in reducing energy consumption through no/low cost measures, maximizing utility and government energy efficiency offers, behavioral changes, and home retrofits • State Energy Office Funding

  4. E-Conservation Program Reaches consumers through outreach efforts of local county Cooperative Extension Offices

  5. Participating Counties – Last Contract Cycle 2008 - 2011 Plus Cherokee Indian Reservation

  6. E-Conservation Program Reaches consumers through: • Workshops • Website • Newsletters • Fact sheets • Media Releases • Community service activities • Energy Master Program • Home Energy Assessments and Retrofits • Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter)

  7. Residential Energy Assessments Funding for 100 Assessments with Retrofits

  8. Residential Energy Assessments $500 total cost per home • $400 covered by E-Conservation • $100 covered by Homeowner Distribution of the $500 per home: • $150 of cost goes toward home assessment • $350 of cost goes toward identified low-cost retrofit • (Materials and labor)

  9. Residential Energy Assessments Objectives: Reduce energy use and lower homeowner utility costs by: • Providing each participant with a home energy assessment • Conducting low-cost retrofits to participating homes • Educating the homeowner about their home energy uses and needs • Demonstrating how energy is being used in the participant’s home • Providing each participant with home energy education that will: • Increase awareness, interest, and knowledge about home energy conservation strategies • Encourage and enable participants to make behavioral changes that will reduce their energy use.

  10. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: Participants will participate in one or more of the presentations from the E-Conservation Home Energy Management Series led by Cooperative Extension Field Staff.

  11. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: Participants will receive a home energy assessment from an E-Conservation Energy Assessment Professional.

  12. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: Participants will engage in conducting basic retrofits, assisted by E-Conservation energy assessment/retrofit professionals.

  13. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: Participants will share their residential utility usage information with E-Conservation and participate in E-Conservation surveys.

  14. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: E-Conservation will: • Conduct E-Conservation Home Energy Management Series workshops statewide • led by Cooperative Extension Field Staff • Conduct an energy assessment of the participant’s home • Performed by Professional Home Energy Assessor / Retrofitter

  15. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: E-Conservation will: • Educate participant and family about their home’s energy conservation needs during the home assessment • Led by Professional Home Energy Assessor / Retrofitter (Field Staff may participate) • Provide participants with a written home energy efficiency assessment report • Provided by Professional Home Energy Assessor

  16. Residential Energy Assessments Strategies: E-Conservation will: • Install a package of energy conservation measures that will reduce overall energy use and household energy costs. • Track utility usage of participating homes to: • Evaluate program impacts on utility usage • Continue to engage and educate homeowners

  17. Residential Energy Assessments We are in the process of developing the guidelines for the residential energy assessments. They will address: • Air leakage • Insulation • Heating and Cooling • Duct leakage • Lighting • Electronics • Appliances • Windows • Homeowner Behaviors

  18. Residential Energy Conservation Measures (Retrofits) Examples of Retrofit Items: • Water heater temperature check and adjustment • Simple air sealing - Caulking and weatherstripping • Checking HVAC filters Installation of: • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs • Water Heater Wrap and Insulation for Water Pipes • Low-Flow Faucet Aerators • Low-Flow Showerheads

  19. Energy Master Program • Overview of energy efficiency and renewable energy for homeowners who want to expand their knowledge and provide community support through volunteerism • Empowers homeowners to make wise energy decisions • Educates volunteers for the benefit of their communities

  20. Energy Master Program • Intended for • Homeowners • Retirees • Recent college graduates • Realtors • Educators • Interested members of the general public

  21. Energy Master Program Course Content Sample: Residential Energy Efficiency and Energy Assessments • Provides information on home energy efficiency including how energy is used in North Carolina homes, costs and payback periods for various energy efficiency upgrades, demonstration of a home energy assessment by a home energy professional, and instruction on conducting a basic walk-through home energy assessment.

  22. Goal of Collaboration: Expand and extend our ability to educate and support homeowners in reducing their home energy needs

  23. Collaboration Opportunities Assessments and Retrofits (100 homes): • Sharing of utility usage for homes receiving program assessments and retrofits (100 homes) • Expanding beyond the 100 homes in the E-Conservation budget and/or increase budget per household for retrofits • Maximizing retrofits through existing rebates and offers  • Supply materials such as light bulbs, sealing/insulation materials, etc. • Other possibilities?

  24. Utility Usage Information

  25. Collaboration Opportunities Workshops: • Utility Company representative speak/co-present at homeowner workshops to share information such as rebates, online services, and energy conservation opportunities.  • provides a venue to engage with a self-identified group of energy conscience homeowners. • Provide “freebies” to customers who attend E-Conservation educational workshops. • Provide Workshop Presenters with hands-on materials and literature to share with participants. • Workshop Promotion to Customers

  26. Collaboration Opportunities Master Energy Program • Provide resources • Provide subject matter expertise • Provide training materials • Provide hands-on materials • Support with funding • Other possibilities?

  27. http://energy.ces.ncsu.edu/

  28. Pinterest

  29. Questions? Sarah Kirby, Project Director Laura Langham, Program Manager Sarah_Kirby@ncsu.eduLaura_Langham@ncsu.edu 919-515-9154 919-515-8474