Ten years ago, most utilities’ energy efficiency portfolios were strictly focused on upgrading hardware. Insulation. Refrigerators. Light bulbs. Efficiency was all about getting people to install another widget.
Then behavioral programs added a new dimension to utilities’ efficiency portfolios. For our clients alone, behavioral efficiency has unlocked 8 terawatt-hours in savings since 2007.
But there’s always room to do more. And for a long time, there’s been a lingering question in the utility community: could behavioral efficiency programs pull double duty, and take a bite out of peak demand?