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Incorporating Health into Energy Efficiency Program Design

September 28, 2021
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During Spring 2021, ACEEE convened a network of program administrators and experts from around the country to share resources, peer-exchange opportunities, and actionable guidance to support the incorporation of health into energy efficiency programs.  

On this page we have compiled resources developed for (and with input from) this network of over 300 energy professionals, including over 150 program representatives as well as government officials, researchers, policy advocates, consultants, community-based organizations, and other interested parties.   

  • Providing Health Services as Part of Residential Energy Saving Programs

    These resources introduce why programs might want to offer health services as part of or in conjunction with energy efficiency services, what this might look like in practice, and how to start thinking about which services to offer. Adding new services and taking new approaches that leverage potential health benefits can be a complex undertaking. What is the value of making the effort to do this, to programs and the communities they serve? ​

    Slides for a presentation on this topic are available for download here.

    A recording of this presentation is available here.

    Guidance Document

    Providing Health Services as Part of Residential Energy-Saving Programs

    This document is designed to help administrators of residential energy-saving programs consider the following questions:

    • Why should we offer health services as part of our program?
    • What health services might our program offer?
    • How should we decide which health services to offer?

    It concludes with prompts that program administrators can use to help navigate the decision-making process and examples of programs that have added these services.

  • Pursuing Health-Related Funding to Support Your Program
  • Documenting and Communicating Health Impacts of Your Program

    These resources focus on measuring the health-related impacts of programs. They introduce a framework of 3 key questions to help consider the benefits of and options for measuring health impacts.  

    Slides for a presentation on this topic are available for download here

    A recording of this presentation is available here.  

    Guidance Document

    Measuring Impacts of Energy Efficiency Programs on Participant Health and Well-Being 

    This document helps administrators of residential energy efficiency programs consider and answer the following questions:  

    • Why should we measure and quantify the health impacts of our program?
    • What health impacts can we measure?
    • How can we measure the health impacts of our program?

    Tips on how to get started measuring health impacts are also included.  

  • Building Relationships that Expand Services and Funding for Your Program

    These resources focus on building relationships to expand services and funding for programs providing energy efficiency and health-related services; Emily Lewis O’Brien and Robyn King of VEIC provide the presentation below, drawing from VEIC’s Energy-Plus-Health Playbook.  ​ 

    Slides for a presentation on this topic are available for download here

    A recording of this presentation is available here. 

  • ‘Programs in the Wild’: Peer-Sharing of Program Design Successes

    These resources feature speakers from three different programs incorporating health into energy efficiency work, discussing successes, challenges, and lessons learned.  

    Slides for a presentation on this topic are available for download here

    A recording of this presentation is available here.

  • Equity in Health-Related Program Design
  • Monetizing Health Benefits

    These resources introduce some big-picture concepts related to monetizing health benefits – why and how it might be done, along with some examples and special cases. ​ 

    Slides for a presentation on this topic are available for download here.

    A recording of this presentation is available here.

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