As part of its push to help homes and businesses save money by saving energy, the DOE is developing new voluntary protocols that will help standardize how state and local governments, industry and energy efficiency organizations estimate energy savings.
The idea is that the voluntary protocols will help energy efficiency program administrators and local governments improve the objectivity, consistency and transparency of energy savings data and help strengthen consumers' confidence in the results expected from energy efficiency upgrades.
The DOE says the protocols are being developed by technical experts through collaboration with energy efficiency program administrators, industry stakeholders, and home energy assessorsâ€”including major firms that perform up to 70% of the home energy efficiency assessments in the United States.
They've posted the suggested protocols for an online public review, inviting stakeholders from the public sector, industry and academia to participate. You can do that here. The review period ends Aug. 17.
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