Residential Home Energy Audits: Design and Implementation
Terry Deutscher, Gordon H. G. McDougall, and Hugh Munro
The purpose of this chapter is to identify factors that will enhance the effectiveness of residential home audit programs. The objective will be accomplished by (a) a review of home audit studies reported in various journals and government documents, and (b) the results of an empirical investigation of a home audit program conducted in London, Canada.
In recent years considerable expenditures have been made in residential energy conservation programs in Canada and the United States. Home energy audit programs, in which a trained evaluator studies a dwelling and makes recommendations about cost-effective conservation measures, now account for a significant proportion of the total expenditure in energy conservation programs.
A homeowner's decision to improve the energy efficiency of his/her home is somewhat complex, because of the technical expertise required and the number of actions that could be taken ( Deutscher and Munro 1980). For example,
The authers wish to acknowledge the financial support of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada.