Affordable Community Energy Services Company has become a new member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Residential Network, which connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from one another to increase the number of homes that are energy efficient.
The Better Buildings Residential Network expands on the foundation of existing Better Buildings Residential programs and partners, which have invested more than $3 billion from federal funding and local resources to build more energy-efficient communities across the United States. These programs have saved Americans money, created jobs, and lowered greenhouse gas emissions.
DOE has expanded this network of residential energy efficiency programs and partners to new members. The new Better Buildings Residential Network is engaging energy efficiency programs, state and local governments, financial institutions, businesses, nonprofits, universities, utilities, and other organizations to accelerate the pace of home energy upgrades.
Members of the Better Buildings Residential Network include AFC First, Austin Energy, Clean Energy Durham, Clean Energy Works, City & County of Denver, Efficiency Maine, Efficiency First, Elevate Energy, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Michigan Saves, Neil Kelly Co., and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Members benefit immediately by receiving access to monthly topical calls with their peers about residential energy efficiency strategies. Calls have discussed business partners and workforce development, marketing and outreach, evaluation and data collection, financing, moderate- and low-income markets, program sustainability and revenue streams, along with other topics based on member requests.
Additional member benefits include tools, templates, resources, and proven solutions shared by members, newsletter and other updates on residential energy efficiency trends, opportunities to be featured in DOE materials, and voluntary member initiatives that identify common challenges and opportunities and develop resources to address them.
Residential Network members provide DOE with an annual update of the number of residential energy efficiency upgrades completed in their sphere of influence, and share information about the benefits associated with them.