Academic Venture Fund - 2015

Real Savings from Home Retrofits

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Three-quarters of U.S. homes could save substantial energy with a retrofit—but with high up-front costs, homeowners want to know how much they will save on energy bills. Policymakers and retrofit installers claim annual savings of $700, but this impressive estimate is based on simulations. The researchers will deploy data loggers in hundreds of pre- and post-retrofitted homes to measure actual building performance and energy savings. The team will share the data with policymakers, utilities, installers, and customers to understand the data details that shape environmental decisions and the practical roadblocks to stakeholder acceptance.

Investigators: Albert George, Howard Chong