THE U.S. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced the findings of a major study analysing the impact of information-based energy efficiency programmes, which produced impressive results.
The report identifies energy reductions that could generate billions in savings for Americans and reduce carbon (CO2) emissions by more than 8.9 million metric tons per year if extended nationwide. The EDF analysis released relies on data gathered from 11 different utilities in six states. The data analysed includes more than 22 million meter reads, gathered over periods of a minimum of twelve months from each of the deployments. The report analyses the effectiveness of these programmes and estimates the impact of taking these savings to the national scale.
Kate Robertson, Energy Efficiency Specialist at EDF, said at the launch of the report: “Energy efficiency is widely considered one of the greatest untapped energy resources. This study confirms that simple behavioral changes generate consistent savings across a wide range of utilities and demographics.