Center for Sustainable Energy launches home energy improvement map for contractors to target high potential neighborhoods

Written By: Stratton Report
December 20, 2016

On December 20, nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy announced the launch of its new Home Energy Improvement Potential Map

Per the Center, the free online resource gives contractors, home energy raters, real estate agents and local governments a tool to identify California homeowners and communities by ZIP code and census tract where residents are most likely to engage in energy improvements from energy efficiency upgrades to solar installations and electric vehicle purchases. It is designed to allow users to search data such as housing characteristics, homeowner demographics, heating and cooling days, solar installations, electric vehicle purchases, energy consumption and the percentage of homeowners who have participated in energy improvement-related programs.

According to CSE, the modeling program powering the map balances a wide variety of aspects that identify hotspots throughout the state where neighborhoods have a high potential for doing energy improvement projects based upon the actions taken by other residents, with the overarching goal being to help contractors focusing on home energy performance and real estate professionals better target their marketing resources, look for trends and identify sales opportunities.

CSE Executive Director Len Hering, RADM, USN (ret.). noted:

“At CSE our mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. If we can provide businesses with a tool to help them operate more effectively, and provide customers with energy-saving technologies and solutions, then we are accomplishing our goal.”

CSE stressed that the map was created in part through funding from Energy Upgrade California, a statewide initiative focused on providing energy management solutions to residential, multifamily and small business so they can help California reach its efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals.