Evaluation of Residential Conservation Programs at Seattle City Light
Carin S. Weiss
Electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States have recently started to promote conservation as an alternative to building new sources of electric power generation. Seattle City Light, a publicly-owned utility in this region, began offering conservation programs to its customers in 1977. Seattle City Light evaluators have prepared assessments of residential program operational efficiency, electricity savings and cost effectiveness, and customer reactions to these programs. This paper describes the evaluation methods used in and the results from evaluations of the major residential conservation program operated by Seattle City Light.
For many decades, the g of the United States relied on inexpensive and plentiful hydroelectric power, later supplemented by electric power____________________