Community Work

This pilot program looks at home energy efficiency retrofits and air source heat pump installations to evaluate the best options for the community to attain its 80% renewable energy goal by 2045.

Households will be divided into three groups.

  • a control group
  • a ductless heat pump-only retrofit group
  • a comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit group, which will include a ductless heat pump in addition to a suite of retrofits informed by energy modeling and vetted by a group of local contractors and energy advocates during the first part of the project.

The project has three main objectives:

  • Measure energy savings of home retrofits and mini-split ductless heat pumps at the household level and utility level and measure the cost-effectiveness of the pilot program.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of community outreach and bulk purchasing and financing for energy efficiency technologies in a small, rural community
  • Develop a market-based approach for rural communities to accelerate energy efficiency technology adoption and integration by engaging with manufacturers, distributors, and installers and by testing outreach messages for different audiences.

Final products include a guide for energy efficiency programs in rural, cold climate communities and presentations to other Southeast communities.

 (Photo by Catchfly Photography in Juneau) 


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