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Efficiency Maine Trust Home Energy Savings Program Final Evaluation Report

Date Published: November 30, 2011     Document Type: Evaluation study type/report
Sectors: Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Research, Evaluation, & Behavior, Residential

This report presents the results of an impact evaluation of the Efficiency Maine Trust (Efficiency Maine or Trust) Home Energy Savings Program (HESP or Program), conducted by The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus). The HESP is a residential, whole-house, energy-efficiency program that targets existing homes in Maine, and is available to any residence in Maine that is heated during the winter (regardless of occupants’ income levels). The evaluation addressed the following research objectives:

Determine energy savings;
Evaluate the cost-effectiveness and job creation potential (due to funding from theAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA));
Compute carbon emissions reductions and environmental impacts; and
Assess customer satisfaction.

Residential Central AC Regional Evaluation Free-Ridership Analysis Final Report

Date Published: October 1, 2009     Document Type: Evaluation Study / Report, Report
Sectors: Evaluation, HVAC - Residential, Central Air Conditioners, Research, Evaluation, & Behavior, Residential

As part of the effort for the Residential Central Air Conditioning (CAC) Regional Evaluation Study, ADM Associates, Inc. (ADM) assessed free-ridership levels for the purchases of higher efficiency central air conditioning (CAC) systems for residential customers of Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) and United Illuminating (UI) who participated in the rebate program offered by those utilities. This memo describes the sampling and data collection plan for the free-ridership assessment, summarizes results of the survey that was conducted, and provides estimates of free-ridership for CL&P and UI. For this study, a free-rider is defined as a participant who would have installed the same high efficiency CAC equipment without the rebate incentive.