Industry Research: Provided below are links to reports, studies and other resources on the benefits, opportunities and more for home energy efficiency.
- 31% of U.S. energy usage comes from homes and buildings, mostly from HVAC.
- NC is one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy solutions (NCSEA).
- NC’s clean energy industry has grown by ~25 percent since 2012, reaching $4.8 billion in gross revenues in 2014, up $1.2 billion from 2013 (NCSEA).
- In 2011, energy efficient homes in NC sold for a $5,500 premium and 90 days sooner than standard homes (NCEEA).
- In 2013, 16,360 NC homes (32%) were certified for energy efficiency (NCEEA).
- Due to EE, homes built after 1999 consume only 2% more energy on average than homes built prior, even though they are 30% larger on average
- 46% of new home buyers cite EE as a primary buying consideration (DOE).
- 86% of homeowners believe the world will be better off because of energy efficiency
- 82% believe energy efficiency can help America’s energy independence
- 72% believe energy efficiency can reduce emissions and delay climate change.*
On top of that, 75% of homeowners expect big impact from energy efficient products and services in as little as five years. YET, only 46% invested in an energy efficiency measure last year, and only 18% participated in a utility-sponsored energy efficiency program.*
A 2011 survey by Consumers Union found that:
- 86% of homeowners want to know a home’s energy operating costs before they buy or rent.
- 82% of homeowners believe they have a right to homes that meet national standards.
- 77% of homeowners think that homebuilders should not make less efficient homes at the consumer’s expense.