However, capturing this savings potential within the established structure of the home improvement market has proven to be quite a challenge. Homeowners face a daunting array of decisions and competing priorities when investing in home improvements.
The sheer diversity of specialized contractors and trades offering home improvement services can overwhelm homeowners seeking to improve the aesthetics, comfort, value, and performance of their homes. Comprehensive retrofits, including home energy audits for identification and prioritization of areas for improvement, represent a more robust method for approaching retrofits.
Industrial retrofits also offer a huge opportunity for energy savings, but have a different set of barriers. In addition to designing a technical solution, industrial retrofits have to be scheduled around plant downtime, or else incur huge costs from lost productivity. ACEEE continues to work on addressing barriers to increase energy efficiency retrofits and implementation in the industrial sector.