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Progress

DOE's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program hit the ground running in summer 2010. Since then, more than 40 partners launched local programs—testing a wide range of program delivery business models in their communities. The ultimate goal was the same across all partners: to make energy efficiency more accessible to homes and businesses from coast to coast.

In less than four years, Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners have:

  • Upgraded more than 100,000 residential and commercial buildings to be more energy efficient
  • Developed sustainable energy efficiency upgrade programs, approximately three-fourths of which will continue through at least 2014 without additional DOE funding
  • Saved consumers $730 million in estimated lifetime energy savings, in addition to improving the comfort of their homes and buildings
  • Trained more than 5,000 home performance workers to enhance their skills
  • Completed more than $740 million worth of energy upgrades
  • Leveraged more than $400 million in private capital and federally funded revolving loan funds.

Through the use of innovative approaches to achieve energy and financial savings, Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners have succeeded in meeting the program's goals while promoting increased comfort for homeowners, lower operating costs for businesses, and local job growth. To see more details about early program successes, read Preliminary Energy Savings Impact Evaluation: Better Buildings Neighborhood Program  or download the accompanying webcast.

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Learn how Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners have trained and expanded their local contractor workforce while supporting professional jobs in their communities.

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