Evaluation

The Thermal Analysis Program (TAP) is a residential and/or small commercial energy efficiency information program that informs and engages building owners through mail-based and web-based components. Messaging tools such as voicemail, emails and mobile applications may also be used to enhance the web-based component. Energy efficiency benefits delivered by TAP are verified using widely accepted evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) protocols.

The evaluation methods used to determine the energy savings from TAP are the same methods used to evaluate other behavioral programs and to determine many of the values in Technical Resource Manuals nationwide, including:

  • Large Scale Data Analysis – recommended by the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency as the preferred program evaluation method, large-scale data analysis measures savings from structural and behavioral changes by comparing actual billing data relative to a control group across a large number of homes or businesses.
  • Deemed Savings Analysis – deemed savings is widely used to evaluate traditional rebate programs and enables our utility clients to capture savings for increases in other program participation due to TAP while ensuring that no savings are double counted.
  • Real Time Survey and Web Data – real time survey data supports the impact evaluation to help determine the specific structural and behavioral changes driving the energy savings generated by TAP.

Our program evaluation team has played an active role in the regulatory and evaluation community for a number of years, contributing to the ongoing dialogue around how best to evaluate traditional and behavioral energy efficiency programs across the United States.

To learn more about program evaluation, please contact evaluation@essess.com.