The following tools and resources have been useful to DOE programs and partners as they build and maintain their residential energy efficiency programs.
Residential Network members have access to an invitation-only online community of professionals through the Better Buildings Residential Network Group on Home Energy Pros. On this site you can find:
- Peer Exchange Call schedule and summaries
- Discussion opportunities with energy efficiency programs and partners
- Resources and documents for energy efficiency programs and partners
To connect to the Better Buildings Residential Network Home Energy Pros Group, Residential Network members should:
- Sign up for Home Energy Pros, if you have not already. You will be notified within two days after joining.
- After signing up, click to join the Better Buildings Residential Network Group.
If you have any questions about signing up, email the Residential Network.
The Better Buildings Network View has been published since January 2014 as the official information source from the Residential Network, focused on trends and opportunities for residential energy efficiency upgrade programs.
To subscribe to the Better Buildings Network View, please email your name and organization to email@example.com.
Better Buildings Residential Network members are invited to help shape DOE’s new Guide for Program Benchmarking.
- Guide for Program Benchmarking Draft Outline (MS Word). Note that this document is available on the Better Buildings Residential Network Group on Home Energy Pros. Residential Network members must join this group before accessing these documents.
The Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center is an online collection of resources and lessons learned from Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Sponsors, and others. This industry knowledge will help residential energy upgrade program administrators and partners plan, implement, manage, and evaluate their programs more effectively by learning what has been tried elsewhere and how it worked.
The Solution Center provides:
- Step-by-step guidance
- Tips for success
- Tools and templates
- My Favorites tagging
- Email updates for new content
- Opportunities to see your materials featured
Sign up to become a Solution Center beta user.
In February 2014, DOE released the beta version of a user-friendly tool that estimates the cost-effectiveness of a residential energy efficiency program based on a program administrator’s inputs. Public utility commissions, and therefore utilities, use cost-effectiveness tests as one screen for determining funding decisions. Program designers, policy makers, utilities, architects, and engineers might also find the tool useful for refining, enhancing, or supporting residential energy efficiency programs. Following are the tool’s supporting documents:
The Better Buildings Residential Network plans to develop case studies and other publications that show our members’ commitments to accelerating the pace of home energy upgrades. Stay tuned!
DOE Residential Programs
- Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
More than 40 Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners launched local programs to test a wide range of program delivery business models in their communities. These partners helped more than 100,000 households and businesses save energy, live more comfortably, and reduce their utility bills through energy upgrades between summer 2010 and December 2013.
- Home Energy Score
Similar to a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating, the Home Energy Score allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency.
- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES)
Offering whole-house solutions to high energy bills and homes with comfort problems, HPwES is managed by a local sponsor that recruits home improvement contractors who are qualified to perform comprehensive home assessments.
- Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office
This office strategically coordinates with state, local, tribal, and K-12 school district leaders to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and best practices. These partnerships help American communities, businesses, and industries overcome barriers to a viable clean energy economy.